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Saturday, February 21, 1970 Ann Arbor, Michigan Page Three
Police actions provoke charges o brutality

TODAY AT
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By RON LANDSMAN
Managing Editor. 1969-70
Daily News Analysis
Math Prof. Nicholas Kazarinoff saw
three policemen walking across the Diag
as he went out to lunch Wednesday.
Thinking something was amiss, he fol-
lowed them over to the West Engineering
Bldg.
There, Kazarinoff says, as the police
attempted to prevent protesting students
from leaving the building, he watched
Officer Miller, Badge No. 136, hit a stu-
dent on the head with his riot stick as
three other policemen held the student
in the back of a squad car.
Kazarinoff, who is also Democratic
councilman from the Third Ward, says
he will bring the matter before City
Council and inform Police Chief Walter
Krasny of the incident.

Later that same day, Joseph Milder
had a problem of a different sort. Sur-
rounded by some of the 2,000 students
staging a winding march through the
city and campus to protest the convic-
tions in the Chicago 7 trial, Milder found
himself unable to move his car. When he
failed to move it after two city police
asked him to, they hit the car with their
rifle butts. When Milder stuck his head
out the window to complain, he says, he
got the same treatment.
Milder has complained formally to
Krasny.
The problem-lack of limitations on the
police when they use unnecessary vio-
lence-is one that continues to confound
urban and legal experts. Ann Arbor and
Washtenaw County are typical in their
lack of effective or meaningful sanctions
against police or sheriff's deputies who

use excessive violence, be it in isolated
incidents or riot-type situations.
In Ann Arbor, Milder and the dozen
or so other people who have called the
mayor's office to complain have six pos-
sible courses of action, but they range
from the difficult and very costly to the
absolutely hopeless.
The best of the lot is the city's Admin-
istrative Review Board-City Adminis-
trator Guy Larcom, City Attorney Jerold
Lax and Human Relations Commission
Director David Cowley.
The board, set up in 1964 to hear com-
plaints of police misconduct, has done
little more formally than recommend
that police administrative procedures be
changed if they are defective. Although
it can punish offending officers, it can-
not bring suit on behalf of citizens claim-

ing injury. Further, it does even less than
it can do.
"I view this as an unsatisfactory stop-
gap," says Mayor Robert Harris. "It has
been called on recently only for lack of
an alternative."
Adds Larcom, "This is an administra-
tive review committee. It can't be any
more than that. We can make any find-
ing we want," he notes, "but it is pri-
marily administrative because it is in the
administrative hierarchy of the police.
"It is not a perfect or foolproof
mechanism by any means," he says.
What the committee can do is listen
to a citizen's complaint, get the police
response and then try to decide where
the truth lies. With no power to sub-
poena witness or to compel testimony,
the committee is helpless in the face of
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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MELVIN LAIRD told Congress
yesterday additional thousands of American troops can be brought
home from Vietnam this year.
Laird, reporting on the whole range of defense affairs before the
Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Nixon administration
will have withdrawn 115,000 troops from Vietnam by April 15.
Administration sources reported that Laird found enough progress
in Vietnamization-the program for turning the war over to South
Vietnam-during a visit to Saigon earlier this month to project the
next ordered troop cut in excess of 50,000 men,
* * *
A NATIONWIDE RAIL SHUTDOWN was again averted yes-
terday by a judge's order banning a strike until March 2.
U.S. District Judge Howard Corcoran, after hearing arguments
by attorneys for the unions and the railroads, kept in force a tem-
porary restraining order that had barred a strike since Jan. 31.
The arguments were over the railroads' objections to a whipsaw
strike in which only one railroad is picketed and the unions' objections
to the carriers' banding together and locking out all union employes
when one rail line is struck.
Edward Hickey, speaking for the unions in the contract talks in
Miami, said:
"If the unions strike less than all, they are in violation of the
Railway Labor Act, but if they strike them all and thereby create
a national crisis, they are proceeding carefully. Such an interpretation
of a law created and designed to minimize obstructions to commerce
strikes us as incredible:"
The unions promised there would be no strike until the outcome
of the dispute hearings in Washington.
U.S. AND COMMUNIST CHINESE delegations met yester-
day for an hour in continuation of secret ambassadorial talks.
U.S. Ambassador Walter Stoessel, Jr., who headed the four-man
American delegation, told newsmen the discussion with Lei Yang,
the charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw, was heldj
in a *businesslike atmosphere."
In brief prepared statements read to reporters, the two gave no
indication of what was discussed, Stoessel said, "as in the past, we
have both agreed that our discussion and the topics we covered will
be held in confidence."
The anbassador told newsmen in the lobby that "these conver-
sations have been and will continue to be useful for both our govern-
ments."
The meeting, the 136th in the series that began in 1955, was
held for the first time in the white marble U.S. Embassy.
* * *
LABOR LEADERS urged' Congress yesterday to substantially
raise medical care payments for millions of Americans living on
the edge of poverty and to stop doctors found "gouging" under
the federal medical care program.
The executive council of the labor federation said inflation will
soon wipe out all of last year's 15 per cent Social Security hike.
"Doctors, insurance companies and, in some cases, hospitals have
exploited the law," said AFL-CIO President George Meany.
The labor council urged stiffer control on fees charged by doctors,
hospital and nursing homes. It further urged abolishing premium
payments by the elderly for voluntary coverage of doctor bills saying
the federal government should pay all costs.
The labor council recommended a minimum Social Security
benefit of $90 a month for a single person and $135 for a couple, toi
increase to $120 and $180 respectively in 1972.
* * *
SECRETARY ROBERT FINCH moved yesterday to untangle
the second news policy problem that has engulfed his.department
of Health, Education and Welfare in recent months.
Finch withdrew orders requiring written, detailed reports on
contacts between newsmen and officials of the National Institute
of Mental Health, one of the many hundreds of bureaus within his
department.
The original orders, issued by Stanley Yolles, NIHM head, had
directed officials-news and non-news alike-to identify reporters
they talk to, to detail the questions asked and informations sought,
and to list the "specific information given to the reporter."
Finch rescinded the directive yesterday, saying in a statement:
"This memorandum was issued without my knowledge and is con-
trary to departmental policy. I would like to reiterate my full en-
dorsement of the principle of freedom of information."

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By NOELLE NISHIMOTO
"The best defense in a po-
litical trial is to argue the un-
constitutionality of the legisla-
tion, the act which your client
is supposed to have abused. Un-
fortunately, you run into diffi-
culties when you confuse this
with the interests of your client.
This is what happened in my
case, and this is what happen-
ed in Chicago."
The speaker was Judge George
W. Crockett of the Detroit Re-
corder's Court before 200 stu-
dents yesterday at the law
school.
Crockett compared his own
experiences in political trials to
the Chicago trial in answering
a question of whether political
issues can be resolved through
the judicial process.
In 1954 Crockett was sentenc-
ed to four months in prison for
contempt of court by Judge
Herald Medina in the Smith Act
trials of 11 communists.
"Conspiracy has been defined
as the darling of the prosecu-
tor's nursery by Judge Learned
Hand," said Crockett. "It's true;
there are so few political trials
in the country, and in almost
all of them, the lawyer ends up
in some difficulty with the court
because the rules of the court
are not designed to resolve the
issues with which he is concern-
ed in that kind of trial."
Crockett discussed the con-
tempt charges levied against
him and the reasons for his ac-
tionsain court. One instance oc-
curred which Crockett claimed
was clearly an indication of the
judge's bias.
Judge Herald Medina, after

reassuring Crockett that a sec-
tion of the evidence would be
ommitted from the records, pro-
ceeded to read the evidence -
including t h e deleted part.
Crockett objected to Medina's
"seemingly unintentional" re-
mark, and was subsequently
cited for contempt.
Judge Medina levied contempt
charges against the defense
lawyers after the jury announc-
ed its verdict.
Reflecting on the activities of
the Recorder's Court, Crockett
said, "In the magistratial sec-
tion you may see 60 to 75 cases
in 4 hours. Approximately 30
will be chronic drunks.
"During my tenure there I an-
nounced that I would not send
anyone, any chronic drunk, to
jail unless he wanted to go.
"Prostitution also falls in this
section. I don't think criminal
prosecution is t h e answer; I
have the feeling that social of-
fenses, such as chronic drunk-
eness and prostitution should be
taken out of the realm of crim-
inal prosecution into the ad-
ministrative area.
In spite of numerous difficul-
ties confronting the judiciary,
Crockett firmly believes in the
system. "I am daily reminded of
the inadequacies of the judicial
system, but I have faith in the
law, in the nature of the con-
stitutional process.
"I believe that within
the Constitution of our country
every minority group c a n be
represented fair 1y," Crockett
said. "The evil lies in the men
who administer the laws; our
only hope lies in the electoral
process."

From Wire Service Reports
WASHINGTON -Southern Senators and Represenatives
successfully assaulted yesterday federal guidelines and busing
plans that have been used to promote integration in Southern
schools.
In a new $19.4 billion health and education appropriation
bill, the House incorporated three "freedom of choice" and
anti-busing amendments designed to restrict the govern-
ment's power to use federal funds to enforce school integra-
tion.
The Senate included in a new $35 billion educational
authorization bill a provision designed to prohibit busing of
children as part of federally "
approved school desegregation
plans. E set
The Senate and House accept-
ance of the Southern amendments
was regarded by liberals as a fur-"
ther manifestation of a chang-
ing Congressional attitude on the
school integration issue.
As a way of promoting integra-
tion in Southern school districts,
corporated integration guidelines
in the educational authorization BONN, Germany (M - W e s t
and appropriations bills. These Germany and its Communist East
guidelines, which empowered the German neighbor removed the last
Department of Health, Education visible obstacle yesterday to an
and Welfare to withhold funds, unprecedented meeting between
were used. in determining which their government leaders, a n d.
school districtsdwere qualified to agreed to open preparatory talks.
receive Federal aid. The go-ahead signal came in a
The guidelines are now being message from the office of East
modified in the House and Sen- German Premier Willy Stoph
ate as Southerners come forward a c c e p t in g chancellor Willy
with amendments that would have Brandt's offer to go to East Berlin
the effect of sanctioning plans in mid-March.
not approved by HEW. As part A cabled message from Stoph's
of their new attack, Southerners state secretary, Michael Kohl; said'
are also seeking to have the guide- one of his juniors, Gerhard Schues-
lines applied to school segregation sler would be ready to receive a
in the North as well as in t h e Brandt emissary at his East Ber-
South lin office at 10 a.m. March 2.
Yesterday, the Senate adopted Brandt's head of chancellery,
an amendment that may prohibit Horst Ehmke, minister without
busing as a part of school dese- portfolio, replied accepting a n d
gregation in Southern states, de- naming Ulrich Sahm as Schues-
pending on how the courts inter- sler's counterpart. Sahm is head
pret the language that was written of the political department. of
into the bill. . the chancellery.
Originally prohibiting Federal The main task of the two dele-
officials from requiring "the as- gates will be to set a date for the
signment of transportation of stu- Brandt - Stoph confrontation in
dents or teachers in order to over- the East German capital. They
come racial imbalance," the bill are also expected to draw up a
was rewritten by court decision to possible agenda and settle' such
apply only to de facto segregation matters as how Brandt will;tra-
outside the South, based on resi- vel to East Berlin and where he
dential patterns, will stay, if ary overnight stop is
The Senate also approved the necessary.
establishment of a new bipartisan The East German acceptance
committee on equal education op- emphasized the aura of compro-
portunity which would investigate mise already surrounding the
Southern charges that de facto Brandt-Stoph meeting, which will
segregation in the North is as im- be the first betweenheads of the
moral as the dejure variety in the two governments since they were
South. formed at the indulgence of the
World War II victors in 1949.
The talk, in which both sides
The Michigan Daily, edited and man- will pursue radically different ob-
aged by students at the University of
Michigan. News phone: 764-0552. Second jectives,, were first suggested by
Class postage paid at Ann Arbor, Mich- Stoph in a letter to Brandt Feb.
igan, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, 12.
Michigan 48104. Published daily Tues- This message invited the Social
day through Sunday morning Univer-
sity year. Subscription rates: $10 by Dmca hnelrt atBr
carrier, $10 by mail. lin Feb. 19 or 26, and at the same
Summer Session published Tuesday time made clear Stoph's aim was
through Saturday morning. Subscrip- to discuss prospects of Bonn's rec-
tion rates: $3.00 by carrier, $3.00 by ognition of the East Berlin re-
mail. gime.

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