The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 20, 1979-Page 19
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A "POLICE" photographer from the Ann Arbor Police Department focuses his
camera for one of several shots taken of student protesters at the Regents meet-
ing Thursday. According to Walter Stevens, Director of the University's Depart-
ment of Safety, the pictures were taken for "security" reasons."
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By AMY SALTZMAN
As student protesters entered the
Regents meeting Thursday-their
mouths gagged in silent protest-a con-
tingent of University security officials
and Ann Arbor police stood on guard in
case of a violent outburst.
Despite prior assurance from
Washtenaw County Coalition Against
Apartheid (WCCAA) members that the
demonstration over the South African
divestment issue would remain
peacefully, University and city security
measures were tight at the meeting in
the Michigan Union Ballroom.
ALTHOUGH CAPTAIN Kenneth
Klinge of the Ann Arbor Police Depar-
tment would not give a figure as to the
number of officers on hand for the
demonstration, approximately 15 to 20
policemen clad in riot gear were obser-
ved in a small room to the side of the
ballroom-hidden from the public's
Klinge would not comment on the
secretive placement of these officers.
There were also eight University
security guards at yesterday's
meeting, according to Walter Stevens,
the Director of the University's Depar-
tment of Safety.
"WE HAVE TAKEN precautions, but
we don't anticipate any problems.
We're not here to hassle people,"
Although bothStevens and Klinge
described the security measures as
routine for a demonstration such as
yesterday's, a number of observers
found the conspicuous presence of
"police" photographers particularly
The photographers stood on a balcony
above the ballroom, snapping pictures
of protesters throughout the meeting.
Stevens initially said the photographers
were all from the media, but later
retracted that 4tatement. "They're
probably police up there. It's a protec-
tion thing," he said.
KLINGE LATER confirmed that the
pnoograpners were from one Ann Aroor
Police Department, and that the
demonstration was also being
WCCAA members took extreme
precuations to guard against any type
of violent eruptions and conferred with
security officials over the possibility of
such an outbreak. "It was important
that they (security officials) knew
ahead of time that we weren't going to
cause any violence. We didn't want to
be locked out of Friday's meeting,"
said WCCAA member, Paul Hattis.
Despite these assurances, Dave
Foulke, manager of security services in
the Housing Office, said "a lot of plan-
ning was done earlier in the week to
avoid physical confrontation."
Such a confrontation occurred at the
Regents meeting demonstration last
month, where two student protesters
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