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Page Eight


Friday, May 7, 1971

LEGALITY QUESTIONED: 3,000 protest in Boston
D.C. arrests spark
outburst of protest as demonstrations taper
outburst o protest ..-. The A-ss.o.e.lsied .Press=a


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as well as filling out a form
describing the conditions of the
arrest and the charge. The field
arrest procedure has been used
in Washington for the past three
years, and after Monday's sus-
pension it was in effect again
Sanitary and health condi-
tions in the jails and detention
centers have come under attack
from the D.C. Public Health As-
sociation, which charged Wed-
nesday that an epidemic threat-
ened the prisoners. In precinct
lockups and the holding cells at
police headquarters, ten to
twenty prisoners were placed
in cells five feet by eight feet.
Most cells held about thirteen
prisoners and were hot and hu-
mid with poor ventilation.
Almost 2,000 prisoners were
held at the Redskin practice
field without sanitary facilities
of any kind for several hours
Monday. Portable toilets w e r e
later brought in and these pri-
soners were eventually trans-
ferred to the Washington Coli-
Prisoners were also heldrin
the exercise yard of the District
Jail and in cell blocks of vari-
ious courts in the city.
Conditions under which the
prisoners are released have
caused considerable confusion.
Most of those arrested Monday
were released upon payment of
$10 collateral, indicating that a
court date is set for a hearing,
but, if the defendant does not
appear in court, he automatical-
ly pleads guilty and is fined the
amount of his collateral. Bail,
on the other hand, is a guar-
antee that the defendant-w ill
appear in court, and if he does
not, a bench warrant can be
issued for his arrest. Collateral
is paid at the police station at
the option of the police, while
bail is set by a judge at an ar-
Police said early Monday they
would not allow prisoners to be

released on collateral, and then
began sending those arrested to
Washington Superior Court to
be arraigned. However, later in
the day, police began to release
prisoners on $10 collateral.
Tuesday, police again refused
to release prisoners on collat-
eral. Bail set by judges in the
Superior Court was generally
$250 and prisoners were freed
upon payment of 10 per cent of
that amount.
The source for Monday's de-
cision to make arrests is not
clear. The Washington Post
Wednesday reported that a high
source in the Justice Depart-
ment said the Justice Depart-
ment in close cooperation with
the White House, had directed
police handling of the disturb-
However, Washington Police
Chief Jerry Wilson later denied
the Justice Department had
anything to do with police ac-
tions. "I made all tactical de-
cisions relating to the recent
disorders," Wilson said.
Although most of those ar-
rested quietly submitted to pro-
cessing which involved finger:
printing and photographing, sev-
eral hundred refused to be pro-
cessed. They said they did not
want police records which could
follow them through their lives
and possibly be turned over to
the FBI.
Two Superior Court judges
Wednesday dismissed charges
against 382 protesters who had
refused processing. The judges
said the police had insufficient
evidence to link the demonstrat-
ors to any particular crime.
Superior Court Judge Harold
Greene had earlier ordered the
immediate release of all prison-
ers for whom the government
could not produce specific evi-
dence of criminal behavior.
Greene's ruling was immediate-
ly appealed to the U.S. Court of
Appeals which upheld his de-

DEMONSTRATORS jam Boston Common Wednesday in protest
of American involvement in Southeast Asia.
U.S. may1ie charges

By The A ssociated Press
Police yesterday arrested
at least 100 persons during
an anti-war sit-in in Boston
during a day otherwise
marked by waning of dem-
onstrations against the In-
dochina war around the na-
The sit-in lasted more than
seven hours outside the John F.
Kennedy federal building. Be-
tween 2,000 and 4,000 marchers
came from a Boston Common
gathering with the announced
intention of stopping the build-
ing's operation by preventing its
4,200 employes from entering.
The group surrounded the
building at about 8 a.m., trap-
ping the some 700 police guard-
ing it between the building and
the line of protesters.
Police then proceeded to break
out of the encirclement, clear-
ing a passage so that federal
workers could enter the build-
At 11 a.m. demonstrators
blocking building entrances were
attacked by police units wield-
ing clubs and using chemical
m a c e . Several demonstrators
were injured.
During the demonstration a
group of between 30 and 40
federal workers marched around
the building expressing support
for the demonstrators.
Police at the University of
Illinois said they arrested 30
persons for failing to leave a
lobby where they conducted a
sit-in in protest against re-
cruiters on campus.
At the Wayne State Univer-
sity campus in Detroit, about
350 persons gathered for an an-
ti-war rally.
A handful of demonstrators
remained in front of ROTC
headquarters at Kent State Uni-
versity in Kent, Ohio. The build-
ing was open after being closed
during most of a four-day me-
morial observance for the deaths
a year ago of four students in a
confrontation with Ohio Na-
tional Guardsmen.

(Continued from Page 1)
Court Judge Harold Greene to or-
der those balking at processing
to accept the processing or face
contempt of court charges.
The estimated bulk of the
Mayday demonstrators had left
the city by yesterday, many in-
dicating they would organize
local demonstrations against the
D a v i s said yesterday the
w e e k 's demonstrations h a d
proved that "people could mount
a major national action, survive
repression, and still feel com-
pelled to mount another action."
Mayday leaders said they
would meet this week to plan a
national conference to discuss
further action to implement the
People's Peace Treaty, which
demands immediate withdrawal
of U.S. forces from Indochina.
It was negotiated last fall be-

tween U.S. and Vietnamese stu-
The conference, to be held
late in June at a mid-west col-
lege, would, according to May-
day spokesmen, organize further
tactics to develop publicity for
the Treaty.
"We are committed to non-
violence," Davis said yesterday,
"and hope that non-violence
continues to be the method of
pursuing the adoption of 'he
"We are not going to be stop-
ped," Froines added. "If the
government has not stopped the
war, we are going to continue to
stop the government
Meanwhile the Rev. Carl Mc-
Intire made plans for his "Pa-
triots March for Victory" to-
morrow, billing it as "our asi-
swer to Haiphong's hippie har-


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