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Thursday, February 19, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, February 19, 1970

Five of Chicago 7 convicted
on charges of inciting to riot

12 arrested after blocking GE recruiter

(Continued from Page 1)
along with Dellinger's 13-year-old
daughter, Frotnes' mother-in-law
and Weiner's girl friend were re-
moved from the courtroom.
Anita Hoffman, Abbie's wife,
shouted at the judge: "The eight
original defendants and the two
lawyers will be avenged. We'll
dance on your grave, Julie!"
Rubin's wife, Nancy, screamed
at newsmen and marshals outside
the courtroom: "My husband is
being sentenced and they won't
let me watch."
Kunstler objected to the govern-
ment motion. He said: "The ver-
dict of the jury should not be re-
ceived in secret . ..
Thomas A. Foran, U.S. district
attorney and chief prosecutor,
later told newsmen: "People who
couldn't control themselves' in
court might rush the jury box."
He referred to the several out-
bursts of screaming and scuffling
that marked the five-month trial.
On many occasions, including an
outbreak during the contempt sen-
tencing Saturday, the defendants'
famlies were involved.
Two of the jurors were visibly
shaken during the reading of the

verdicts and the subsequent one-
by-one polling of the jury re-
quested by the defense.
Mrs. Jean Fritz quivered and
was hardly audible when she stood
to affirm her decision. Miss Kay
S. Richards, 23, the youngest of
the Jurors, wavered and her voice
was broken when she affirmed the
Foran told newsmen after the
verdict: "I think the verdict
proves what has been under attack
in this case - that the system
works. Here was a jury that work-
ed a long time. They found two
defendants not guilty and all were
found not guilty of conspiracy. It
works both ways."
Demonstrators outside the Fed-
eral Building began spreading
through the downtown area short-
ly after the verdict was announced.
They carried sighs asking persons
to join them at the Federal Build-
ing in protesting the verdict.
To the very end of the trial,
Kunstler and Judge Hoffman con-
tinued their bickering.
After it was announced that the
jury was waiting to give its ver-
dict, Kunstler and the judge got
into an argument about whether

the judge ever said during the
trial: "I am the best friend the,
black people have."
The argument started when the
judge granted the government
ruling to remove defendants' fam-
ilies and friends.f
"Just the other day, one of your
staff members, a young black
woman, got up and called me a
'Fascist pig,' " the judge said.
Newsmen began filling the 23rd
flor courtroom a few hours before
the verdict was announced. They
expected to hear a legal argument
on a defense motion that the judge
declare a mistrial because the de-
fense felt the jury was deadlocked.
The courtroom was cleared and
all but certified newsmen were re-
moved from the floor. When the
room was reopened, newsmen were
searched and the doors were
After the bailiff announced that
the jury had reached a verdict,
Judge Hoffman said: "That makes
the motion moot."

(Continued from Page 1)
and discussed plans for last
night's actions.
One policeman and three stu-
dents were treated by the hospitals
with injuries resulting from the
Although similar recruiter lock-
ins have occured before, this is
the first time police have been
brought in to stop the protest.
Fleming said in a statement re-
leased yesterday afternoon that
police came onto campus at his
request because "the dean of the
engineering school, speaking on
behalf of his executive committee;
the president of the Engineering
Council, speaking on behalf of
the engineering students; and the
assigned members of the faculty
executive committee, who was
there to observe, (felt) that the
situation required police protec-
The incident yesterday began
with a rally in the Fishbowl.
Nearly 70 students then marched
to the placement offices in West
Engineering Bldg., where they
poured into the hallway contain-
ing interviewing offices.
About 15 engineering students
attempted to block t h e hallway,
but retreated after some scuffling,

and t h e protesters immediately grabbed an unidentified woman
blocked the entrance to the re- who attempted to block the cam-
cruitment rooms. era lens of a television crewman.,
Two of the General Electric re- Several students rushed forward
cruiters left at that time, while it and managed to free her, but in
was still possible, but the others the process one of the students.
remained. The protesters occupied Miss Eisenberg, was arrested and
the hallway, preventing the pas- taken to a police van waiting on
sage of students who wished to E. University Ave.
see the recruiters. Yelling "Free Susie." and "Off
the Pig," t h e crowd surged
Director of the Engineering through the arch and out onto E.
Placement Office John Young, University. About 20 students
moved into the hallway, and at- formed a line and locked arms in
tempted to read a statement of fr d o the an

policy concerning recruiter pro-
tests. Young was struck by an un-
identified person, and his glasses
were shattered.
The protesters remained in, the
hallway for approximately 50
minutes. During that time, at least
four panes of glass were broken,
and other damages were incurred.
Approximately 30 police arrived
about noon, and t h e protesters
left the hallway through anotherl
door, and gathered in the areal
around the Engineering Arch, on
the side toward the Diag. Curious
onlookers and additional persons
joining t h e protest gathered,
forming a crowd of nearly 500 at
the high point.
Violence began when police

Fleming, en gin representatives
air views on recruiter incident

The van inched foreward, but
the protesters refused to, move.
Police then moved up, from behind
the vehicle, pulling out their night
sticks, and began breaking up the
human blockade.
The students resisted, and soon
spirit reaks
(Continued from Page 1)
purpose" they screamed. But the
crowd still had a place to go
and by then they knew where
that was.
There were police to confront
and the crowd moved on. In
another moment it was over.
One sweep and the head of the
march was cut off. A second
sweep and the march was gone.
Some stayed and screamed for
the others to come back but the
crowd was long gone. One
marcher sat down on the side-
walk and refused to be moved
insisting the police arrest him.
"Where are the people," he
yelled as two policemen walked
him away.
One m'archer stood where the
confrontation had been peering
up the street at the vanishing
many. "That's dedication, man.
That's dedication." he said and
looked down at his shoes.
It was a lot colder by the time
the street cleared and snow was
beginning to fall. The people
weren't up for street fighting
and the revolution wasn't for

a rough bittle developed, with ad-
ditional officers and members of
the crowd joining in the melee.
The struggle intensified and
policemen began dragging students
toward the van. They encountered
resistance from other students
along the way, however, and some
were isolated and surrounded by
students. Other officers came to
their aid.
.The crowd was diverse, and
varied from horrified non-partici-
pants to snowball-throwing pro-
testers to engineering students
who cheered the police from win-
dows above the battle.
When about six students had
been pushed into the van, stu-1
dent protesters formed another,
line, which the police, under a
barrage of snowballs and pop cans,
quickly dispersed.
The van pulled away as studentsI
taunted police with a chant of
"pig, pig, pig.",
Three more protesters were put
into a squad car, which left with
little interference. Others arrested
were taken away in squad cars a
short while later. By 12:40, the
police had marched in formation
to S. Forest Ave. and students
gathered back at the Diag.
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(Continued from Page 2)
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2,000 routed at City Hall

(Continued from Page 1) 1
Urging that a vote be taken on
tactics, McLaughlin said, "The
people should, decide whether to
trash, not a small group of SDS
The group eventually moved off,
chanting such slogans as "Off the,
pig, free the eight." They went
north from the Diag and then east
toward the dormitories on the Hill.
As they passed. residence halls,
th7e protesters urged students
watching from the windows to
"join us," and scores did.
The crowd numbered about 800
as it left the Diag, but had more,
than doubled in size by the time
it reached City Hall.
Marching about 30 abreast down
the wider streets, the procession
at times stretched for as much as
seven blocks.
As the crowd marched south
along Forest Ave. toward S. Uni-
versity, two Michigan State Police
cars driving north were struck
with rocks. The rear window of
one car was smashed, but the
police continued without stopping.
Turning west on South Uni-
versity, several of the protesters
began flinging rocks at store win-
dows, breaking several. When they
reached the Ann Arbor Bank,
rock-throwers smashed all of its
front windows--which had recent-
ly been replaced after they were
brpken after an SDS-sponsored
march which followed last month's
Conference on Repression.
Window smashers also struck a
number of local businesses along
the rout of the march, including
two other Ann Arbor Bank of-

fices, Financial Federal Savings
Bank on W. Liberty and the Ann
Arbor News building on E. Huron
At City Hall, police ordered the
marchers off the street and out of
the area. Those who disobeyed or
did not move quickly enough were
struck with riot sticks or the butts
of riot guns. Some were rushed
by police dogs..
After the first charge, the po-
lice formed a line, and began
slowly advancing east on Huron
The police then split into three
divisions, going north, east and
south from the corner of Huron
and Division.
The crowd, now somewhat com-
posed after the initial scattering
responded by throwing bottles,
rocks and snowballs at the police
At 10:05, two groups of thirty
police formed a flying wedge and
charged two blocks up Huron St.
and Division St. scattering the re-
maining protesters.
Following the police charge,
about 1,000 of the marchers grad-
ually regrouped on the Diag. They
stood in the snow listening to local
radical leaders argue over what
action should be taken next. No
final decision was reached, how-
By 10:45 p.m., the group had
dispersed. However a group of
about 30 of the demonstrators
went to the S. University home of
President Robben Fleming where
they smashed two, windows and
pounded on the door. They left af-
ter five minutes.

The University last night re-
leased the following statements
concerning the SDS protest yes-
terday afternoon against the pres-
ence of five General Electric re-'
President Robben Fleming-

as long as I am president. If the
police have to be called, they will
be, but never to suppress the right
to dissent in a peaceful and lawful
Engineering Dean Gordon" J. Van

"In the course of the disruption, "A number of engineering stu-
I received a call from the dean of dents were very disturbed about
the engineering college, speaking their inability to interview and to
on behalf of his executive commit- move through the passageway.
tee; the president of the student There was continued danger of
Engineering Council, speaking on confrontation between the en-
behalf of the engineering students; gineering students and the dem-
and a representative of SACUA, onstrators. Chris Bloch, president
assigned by that body to observe of the Engineering Council, was
for the faculty. All of them told v e r y effective in keeping these
me that physical violence and de- students away and preventing a
s'truction were taking place, and major confrontation.
that police protection was re- Three or four members of the
quired. I then authorized the call- college executive committee were'
ing of the police. present from 11:30 a.m. and ob-
"We (the University) are at a served the events first-hand. They
crossroads. You will be asked to were in unanimous agreement that
support mass action, and you will the situation could not be allowed'
be given inflammatory accounts to continue and that police ought
of what happened. I ask you, to be called to restore order.
therefore, to carefully consider I concurred and urged Presi-
what those who were present have dent Fleming to do so. My pur-'
to say in this document. pose was to insure the rights of
"The radical left is unable to students and faculty to fulfill
persuade people of the validity of their normal activities."
its position. Therefore it now re- Engineering Council President
sorts to force. Our choice is to Christopher Bloch:
accept their point of view, or re- "The vast majority of engineer-

speak for the majority of engine-
ering students when I say that it
would be even more unfortunatet
to have the incident degenerate
into a fight between two groups of
well-intentioned people."
Engineering Placement Office
Director John G. Young:
"It was public knowledge last
September that GE would recruit
here. Bulletin notice w a s given
last week. But no one attempted!
to use the formal procedure for
confronting recruiters, which we
adopted two years ago. We knew


f ran Ad

of .possible trouble only through
I attempted to read the policy
to them when they arrived. But
I was struck in the face by one:
person and in the stomach by an-
other, knocked d o w n, and my
glasses broken."
Senate Advisory Committee On
University Affairs (SACUA)
"Members of SACUA tried to
enter the hallway and were pre-
vented from doing so. We ob-
served broken windows in the re-
cruiting offices. It was clear that
interviews could not proceed. In
view of the assault on a person,
damage to University property,
blocking of the hallway, and in-
ability to carry on regularly sch-
eduled University activity, the six
members of SACUA present -
t Professors Merle Crawford, James
Hayward, Robert Knauss, Warren
Norman, Joseph Payne, and Mau-
rice Sinnott - concurred in the
decision to call the police.'

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sist it. For myself, I long ago con-
cluded that force and violence
have no place on a campus. I do
not believe that someone with
whom I disagree has a right to
force me to abandon my views. If
an engineering student wants to
interivew GE, I know of no reason
why he should not do so. Is his
morality inferior to that of those
who believe this is wrong? Is he
less able to make a decision for
"There is and must be dissent
on every campus. The University
must always be a world of ideas,
often in conflict. It ceases to be
a university, however, when a
group which is willing to use to-
talitarian tactics can impose on
the rest of us its views.$

ing students believe that it is their
freedom of choice to interview
with whomever they wish. When
the Students f o r a Democratic
Society come to the Engineering
Placement service, the damage
they do is much more critical than
t h e insignificant incidents of
broken windows and bloodied nos-
The real damage is the hate and
misunderstanding created when
one man tramples on the sincere
beliefs of others. Just as SDS can,
not tolerate the repression of op-
pressed peoples, neither can en-
gineering students tolerate the
basic ingredients of hate and mis-
understanding which are the
causes of such oppression.
It is indeed unfortunate that it

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