The Atlanta Voice from Atlanta, Georgia on May 11, 1974 · 2
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Saturday, May 11, 1974
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- T . wjw.VAW.v.'.w.OT.TOmj.v.w.w." .-----JL. 1 I Win. r4J&!tl V.- Captain Riley, head of the Ant-Robbery and Burglary A- lwa;";m1j.,, I i ' vision, showing a stakeout warning placard to the Publid I , CCSS. Safety Committee at last week's hearing. Photo by Orl 1 . i NeWS Service. ' mSimMammmmlJMmmmmmmmmmmmmmml Entrapment, Enticement, Or Inducement? by CONNIE FULTZ I 1 I !t.j.i.i.i...l.lj. The Atlanta Constitution's April 30 article entitled "Right or Wrong: A Look at the Decoy Squad" by a team of reporters who allegedly, probed and researched cases Involving deaths caused by the decoy squad found only what was In the police flies. No analysis or probing came from any end but the police end, This and many other articles In the Journal -Constitution have attempted to uphold the division and the officers that run it. There is another way to look at the decoy squad, and criticisms of the ARB (Anti- Robbery and Burglary) division can be summed up in three classifications: leadership, training, and the methods used for apprehension. The VOICE will be examining In detail two cases involving questionable tactics by the decoy squad: the cases of Larry Jack and Ernest Wiggins. The VOICE discussed the decoy and stake-out squads with various concerned citizens, community leaders and police officers who expressed doubts and worries about the squads. "ENTRAPMENT" Lawyer Brooks Franklin of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) calls decoy squad methods "90 pure entrapment." Franklin used a case of an out-of-town man who thought he was helping a drunk out of the gutter ana ended up being arrested recently for robbery as an example of entrapment tactics. Franklin rejects the theory that a person is born to be a criminal. He contends "There is noEuch thing as a 'criminal element.' They say they are taking criminals off the street, but the method is completely Ineffective." Councilman Ira Jackson, former chairman of the police committee, told of his ex -- perience during the committee's investigation of police shootings. According to Jackson, Officer Carla Waltes was responsible for at least two deaths by the decoy squad last year. "We found out Carla Waltes (was used by the decoy squad to dress as a prostitute in certain areas to entice would-' be rapists. Our. understanding was that she dressed in a very seductive manner. It was also rumored that she would suggest prices for various acts." CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 HONESTY, INTEGRITY, TRUTH THE ATLANTA VOICE Georgia's Largest Circulated Black Newspaper1 "Hthere is noTlrugglethCTeilsnopro- gress. Those who propose to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder ana ugntning. rney want tne oceans majestic waves without the awful roar of its waters." Frederick Douglass Vol. 9 No. 19 324-6424 May 11, 1974 Atlanta, Ga. 25 CENTS CMom CM 36 talk fml By BILL CUTLER The man Mayor Jackson chose to succeed John Inman as acting police chief, Clinton Chafin, has been evaluated very highly by close associates within the police department and by knowledgeable observers of police affairs in Atlanta. The consensus of commentary is that Jackson could not have picked a better qualified man from within the ranks of the police force. The portrait of Chafin that emerges from many Interviews is of a man who has grown greatly In the past two years, one who seems to have rid himself of the traces of racism that afflicted him in the past. As one Black officer with close ties to Chafin put It, "You won't find an older white man without a history of racism. But I would say Clint Chafin is definitely sensitive to race problems now and sensitive to the Black communities." It was generally agreed that Chafin would move the Atlanta department In a necessary new direction for combatting crime in the city. Many Black officers said they expected and hoped Chafin would get the Chief's job at the time Howard Massell prevailed on his brother Sam to appoint John Inman head of the Atlanta force. One of these is Sgt. Louis Graham, who was head of the homicide division before he encountered John Inman' s wrath and was demoted. Graham calls Chafin a "good administrator," "a fair man." He characterized Chafin as "very slow and deliberate." Several other persons made the same assessment of Chafin, contrasting him to the hot-tempered, impulsive Inman. Graham says he learned how to respect the rights of accused criminals from Chafin. "He taught me to go out and try to convict a man and at the same time try to prove him innocent," Graham remarked. "Just to throw a man in jail without checking alibis might do a great injustice." CLOSE TO JENKINS A source close to police affairs who asked not to be identified commented that Chafin "was a product ofHer-bert Jenkins," long-time police chief whom Inman superseded. "Clinton Chafin has been classed as one of the most professional officers in the Jenkins administration," this source said, "He's been acclaimed as one ot themost knowledgeable investigators in the country." According to this person, Chaf in' s similar- . ity to Jenkins resides in his belief "in controlling men. He doesn't allow for them to become organized like the FOP (Fraternal Order f Police) and control him. Unlike Inman, Chafin doesn't play musical chairs and games He won't uphold a man in a knife -planting if the man's wrong" (referring to the celebrated Hubert Comer case of last spring, when Inman was accused of helping to cover up the planting of a knife on a civilian killed by police). "Chafin respects the chain of command," this source continued. "He got this from Herbert Jenkins. Jenkins never defied the mayor or the aldermanic police committee. He disagreed and gave his opinion but he had respect for those in authority. Chafin is that kind of man." CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Beaten By State Cop Faces Assault Charges by Michael Nelson Two weeks ago the VOICE featured an article on the brutal beating Mr. Joseph Scott allegedly received from the Georgia State Patrol while trying to obtain a duplicate drl- Isaac Richmond Denied Re-Admission To ITC Isaac Richmond, former student at the Interdonomlna -tional Theological Center, was recently denied admission to the Doctoral Program at the ITC. Rev. Richmond received the M, R. E. Degree (1961) and the M. Divinity Degree (1972) from ; the ITC, and feels that the letter denying him access to the Doctoral Program after he had met all catalog requirements - is based on the administration of ITC regarding his religious views as it relates to the Black religious leadership class. In a four hundred page thesis for his M. Divinity, Rev. Richmond researched religious leadership In the Black community. His analysis found It to be In support of white racism.' Substantiated by more than 300 primary sources of information, five years as minister of local congregations and a life-long member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Ch urch, Kev. Richmond feels that his information is of value to the Black community to forge a new direction for religion among Black people. Rev. Richmond feels that the theo-ideology of the black religious leadership class is reactionary, theologically infantile, politically impotent, and detrimental to the total liberation of Black people. The volume to be published containing his views has met with repression and conceal -ment at the ITC though It is the most extensive piece of original research done by a single student in the history of the ITC. ' Rev. Richmorid says the reactions to his thesis by ITC staff members has given him reason to believe that denying him admission to the Doctoral Program constitutes an unconstitutional act on the part of ITC to deny him to the right of furthering his education, which Is one and the same as further-. lng his religious views. VOICE Publisher To Run For County Commissioner i S 8 ::: ft: ft J. Lowell Ware, editor and publisher of the Atlanta ft :j VOICE Newspaper, announces his candidacy for Fulton $; ft County Commissioner, from the 5th District. ft: X "This is a political year, you will hear a lot of rhe- jft i: toric before the election by some candidates for differ- ft': ): ent offices. It is easy to make promises," says Ware, & ft, ."but my record is there for inspection. Positions I ft ft have taken in the past show how I will serve people in ' ft" the Future." $ I I ft "We must have concerned people serving as our re- X; : presents tives, people who are dedicated to Improving jjj: ft; the quality of life for every person In this country." j:j $ ::$ : He is married and the father of two daughters. His X ft wife , Alyce , is employed by the Atlanta Board of Educa - ft" : tion as a special education teacher In the Home Bound : Program. His daughters are graduates of Washington ft" :: High School and enrolled at the University of Georgia. $ ft He and his family are members of Union Baptist Church . ft" ft -.( ft ::: His philosophy of life, placing human values above all ft ft others, has resulted in his being presented a number of jjj ft awards and citations for service to the community. ft - Citizens Back Mayor's .4- Decision To Oust Inman ver's license at Patrol headquarters on Confederate Avenue. On April 30 Mr. Scott stood trial to face three charges of assault against him in Fulton County traffic violations division. The state patrol alleges that Scott received his severe facial Injuries as a result of attacks he Initiated a-gainst patrol officers. Mr. Scott testified he needed his duplicate license in order to appear in court In April 9 on a minor traffic violation. However, since the duplicate would have been the second one issued to Mr. Scott, a clerk refused to believe that he was not holding on to his original duplicate for some strange reason. Seeking to compromise, the clerk told the defendant that she would write a letter stating that he did have a license if he returned with his tickets. Upon his return, Mr. Scott reminded the clerk that her typewritten note was no assurance that he wouldn't get another ticket for driving with' out a license and asked if there was a chance of his getting a duplicate. This last statement caused the clerk to push the panic button. She angrily turned to a patrolman behind the counter and said, "I'm sick of him. I done told him I can't do that." The officer then told Mr. Scott that he had better do as he was told. Mr. Scott told the officer that he could't tell him what to do. As the civil servant (Officer Evans) came CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 by GREGG MATHIS Supporters of Mayor May-nard Jackson's decision to retire former police chief John Inman gathered on the second floor of city hall adjoining the mayor's office early Tuesday morning. Representatives of citizens' groups, police officers and their families, businessmen and attorneys nearly filled committee room 2 to voice their support of the mayor's demonstrated authority to suspend Inman. "Massell should have taken Inman with him," cried Rober ta Walker, wife of27-yearpo-lice veteran Rosie Walker. She said her husband shared her conviction. "If I had been fired," said one young man, "and returned to my job to continue in that position, I -Id have been arrested." Those who attended the meeting were obviously outraged by Inman' s mutinous lnsurgence by calling his armed SWAT forces to protect the office of the police chief Monday. Many thought that this was in itself an example of Inman's Incapacity to lead a police or any department. "If Inman cannot take orders," one speaker theorized, "how can he give orders?" Atlanta attorney Al Horn attacked Inman's actions as a "reckless disregard for the safety of the city." He added that he had exemplified his abilities by the fact that Atlanta leads the country in police homicides per capita. There was never a silent moment during the support meeting as citizens Jumped to voice their support, one suggesting that this should be an example for "anyone who seeks to divide and resist Atlanta's administrative power.'' Mayor Jackson was elected by the people, it was pointed out, Inman was not elected by anyone. 'Tuesday meeting was CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 I 8- MY MOTHER IS GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN My Mother Is gone , but not forgotten; Her burdens are no more. Dedicated was her life to others, Making her one of the Greatest of Mothers. Little did she give herself In life So concerned was she with others' strife. So Today my heart Is heavy. Her children were plenty-Never finished were her worries. From morning to Night Wo were never afraid For she'd tell us beautiful stories. One by one we became of age; I'm very grateful for the love she gave. Now we're all grown and on our own, Blessed by the Godly seeds she'd sown. Oh, To have Mom to call your Own. As we grew up and on our own. She took In other children and made them home. They were made welcome to all that she had, And she taught them to taje the god with the bad. Now her worries are over, and God knows best, . For be laid her down to take her rest. I speak from knowledge from which I came alone For, Yoi See, I'm Her Seventh Son. by GEORGE A LOGAN -X ra ICE By Brenda J. Wright Managing Editor Recently dismissed Police Chief John Inman and the Atlanta Police Department have taken another giant step toward the concept of a "police state" with their most recently discovered antic - planting a policewoman in the Atlanta VOICE Newspaper office. For two weeks in April, the VOICE staff was under constant surveillance by Ms. Marion L. Lee, asworn-in police officer assigned to the Atlanta Police Department Intelligence Division, according to information the VOICE has from reliable sources. Officer Lee, a former student 'at Clark College and a 1972 graduate of Georgia State University, applied for employment at the VOICE on April 8, four days before she graduated from the Atlanta Police Training Academy. She was hired as a typesetter. Information revealed to the VOICE indicates that her police department record had been altered to show that she was fired from the force. But in fact, the VOICE was told, she went directly into the Intelligence Division after academy graduation. In that division she was under the direct supervision of Inman, Assistant Chief J.L. Mullins and Captain F.D. Echols. Rather than work out of the OFFICER MARION LEE downtown "Police Headquarters, she was one of the 30 in the Intelligence Division who report to the recently acquired Intelligence headquarters in an office building at Northside Dr. and 1-75. It was explained to the VOICE that only those assigned to the investigative unit are able to enter the floors where it is located. The doors have to be opened from the inside City Council Infuriated By Inman's Defiance MM s by Gregg Mathis If John Inman's case reaches the City Council It may not take long to determine whether he remains or packs his bags, we learned from an inside source. It appears that the council is quite perturbed by Inman's recent actions; especially his physical occupation of the police chief's office on Monday. Friday, the source sa'd, Inman at least had five supporters on the council, but as of Monday his supporters had dwindled to a mere two in favor of his continued tenure. The rource quoted one councilman as saying he wanted to remain neutral, buf'how in the hell can I remain neutral when my city is going up in smoke?" As far as the city council goes, the source said, "Inman has the chance of a snowball in hell." He said that the council has not spoken out in defense of the mayor and the city because they could be accused of prejudice in the case. He did say that the city council staff is pursuing three courses of action: Finding presidents to preside over the hearings if the case does come before the council; Ways to get the council actively involved before the hearing to voice their support of the mayor; and Phone calls which have begun to the District Attorney's office -not necessarily by the council or the staff-calling for an investigation of possible criminal violation committed by Inman. for others, including police officers outside of that unit. The Intelligence Division Is reported to have rather elaborate equipment, including bugging devices that attach to the bumpers of cars, body bugging devices and the use of unmarked cars with out of state license plates. Officer Lee received her assignment to the VOICE following weeks of articles in the VOICE revealing charges of an organized "gestapo-type unit," "cover-ups" and spying on certain politicians from within the police department. Officer Lee's first assignment, after 12 weeks in the Police Academy, was to locate tne VOICE'S "source of information," the VOICE has learned. Since she came directly from recruit training to her first espionage assignment at the VOICE she apparently received no extensive training through the Intelligence Division. The VOICE was told that Officer Lee's orders came directly from Capt. F.D. Echols, head of the Intelligence Unit. Echols is said to get his orders directly from Assistant Chief J.L. Mullins, head of the Inspectlonal Services Bureau which includes vice control, civil disturbances, intelligence and Internal Investigations. Mullins' orders come directly from former Police Chief John Inman, who was suspended from his duties last week by Mayor Maynard Jackson. Mullins headed the Unincorporated Fulton County command before being appointed assistant chief by Inman. Officer Lee, a telephone operator for five years before Joining the police force, was contacted Tuesday about her undercover assignment. With out denying the charge, she stated, "I can't make any statement about it." Officer Lee was assigned to CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Shoe Shine Men Gain Airport Concession "For the first time in Atlanta's history working-class people own a concession "said Rev. Joseph Boone at a news conference Tuesday, April 30, at city hall. Boone referred to seventeen shoeshlners at the Atlanta airport who have been striking nearly three months due to financial and technical corporate disagreements. The shoeshlners men vole-, ed complaints that they never knew what was happening alter Dr. Branch assumed leadership of the corporation that leases the shoeshlners concession from the city. Testifying before a city council sub-committee, the men said they no longer had a corporation when they finally learned what was transpiring. The men went on to say that Dr. Branch offered them the choice of taking or leaving 30 of a dollar and purchase 12 shares of stock at ten dollars a share. The offer was rejected. The strike ensued. But accompanied at the news conference by the J. O. Wyatt law firm, Rev. Boone cheer-, fully announced that current arrangements for the men" were favorable. Rev. Boone-said the men would now receive 50 of a dollar plus all tips, and through arrangements made at the settlement would be In a position to buy controlling interest at the next board meeting, Also based on the outcome of deliberations, the shoeshine men will compose a majority on the board of directors.

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