The Michigan Daily - Monday, November2, 1992- Page 7
County Sheriff candidates clash on use of technology in policing
by Andrew Taylor
Daily Staff Reporter
Although they do not share a
philosophy on basic law enforce-
,ment, the two candidates for
Washtenaw County Sheriff hold
similar positions on student issues.
The election pits Republican in-
cumbent Ronald Schebil - who
said he wants the department to take
advantage of new technology -
against Democratic challenger
Charles Stewart - who said he sees
the need for the return of traditional
and proven methods of police work.
Both candidates said the sheriff's
department has little involvement
with the U-M campus, except when
called upon by the U-M Department
of Public Safety for assistance. One
such circumstance would be for
crowd control in a potential riot
Methods of crowd dispersion are
often a subject of controversy.
"I think there's a lot to be gained
by communication," said Schebil,
who has been sheriff for eight years.
"If it's a situation that's going to ef-
fect life, then we are going to
Stewart - a deputy sheriff for 22
years - agreed.
"You always have to negotiate ...
but you can't let people destroy a
city," he said.
Schebil and Stewart agreed that
teargas is an appropriate method to
disperse an unruly crowd.
Schebil said he and his adminis-
tration favor free speech and
"That's not double talk; that's
just fact," he said. "I don't believe
there is reason to use force unless
it's absolutely needed to protect life
However, Schebil added that he
would use "non-lethal" force, such
as teargas, when needed.
Stewart said,"I have mixed emo-
tions. Somebody's going to get hurt.
Maybe the lesser thing is to throw
tear gas to disperse the crowd, then
you don't have to worry about an
officer going overboard with a
The candidates said that students
are an important aspect of the com-
munity and that they are trying to
understand student concerns.
"I know some officers have atti-
tudes when they stop a student. Just
because you're a student, you don't
have to get a violation ... we need to
treat them like an older person,"
Stewart added that he would al-
ways be available if students needed
him for any reason.
Schebil - a U-M graduate - of-
fered different reasons for students
to support him.
"In this day it's a lot more than
learning to put handcuffs on and
shoot a gun ... The students know
that I'm approachable ... I under-
stand what it's like to be on campus
- going through mid-terms and
everything," Schebil said.
The candidates disagree on the
best direction for the sheriff depart-
"Traditional law enforcement
doesn't work," Schebil said.
He said he wants to invest in
computers for the patrol cars to in-
"I think it's a challenge to pro-
vide the most cost-effective service
for the community ... by increasing
productivity through technology,"
Stewart countered, "Technology
is great. However ... we don't have
anybody out there enforcing the
"People don't have their (porch)
lights on at night to see how much
energy they can waste - they are
scared ... They realize that they
don't have protection ... If people
can feel safe in their community,
then let's go high tech - not until
then," Stewart said.
Stewart said the department is not
efficient and he wants "to attack the
"We have to make those com-
mand officers part of the road pa-
trol," Stewart said, noting that while
the number of crimes may be down,
that's only because "there's nobody
out there to catch (criminals)."
"Police agencies are closing their
doors," Stewart said, as he pointed
out that the police headquarters is
not open 24 hours a day.
"There's always that one percent
that needs you," Stewart said.
Nuns murdered in Liberia; bodies lost in war zone
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -
The archbishop of Monrovia led
hundreds of people yesterday in
praying for five slain American nuns
whose bodies lay unrecovered in a
battle zone four miles from the
center of this besieged capital.
In this western African country,
rebels loyal to Charles Taylor have
been battling for control for nearly
three years, overrunning all but
Taylor invaded from Ivory Coast
in December 1989 to overthrow
President Samuel Doe, who later
was captured and slain by a rival
rebel faction. A seven-nation West
African force was sent to Liberia in
1990 to try to halt the civil war.
The peacekeepers drove the
rebels from the capital, but Taylor's
fighters recently mounted another
siege. The rebels now hold suburbs
Archbishop Michael Francis
blamed rebels for killing the nuns,
saying, "They call themselves free-
dom fighters, but they kill innocent
people.... We pray for those liars."
He did not specifically identify
Taylor's fighters, although he previ-
ously said Taylor's men control the
area where the nuns died.
The Roman Catholic prelate
spoke to hundreds of people gath-
ered in Sacred Heart Cathedral to
mourn the nuns, two of whom were
slain after leaving their convent to
try to rescue a wounded child on
Oct. 20. Three others were last seen
by a parish priest Oct. 22. Nearly
two weeks later, it was still too
dangerous to recover their bodies.
Taylor insisted his men do not
control the area around the convent.
There are several armed factions in
the area, including rebels opposed to
At the Vatican, Pope John Paul II
said he hoped the nuns' deaths might
somehow inspire "all who can in-
fluence the fate of that martyred
country" to stop the fighting in
Liberia, a nation founded by freed
The United States had close ties
with Doe's regime, giving it more
than a half billion dollars in aid,
more than any other country in sub-
Saharan Africa. In return, the United
States had a huge Voice of America
broadcasting site in Liberia.
All the slain nuns were white; all
were from Illinois; and all were in
their 50s and 60s. They were mem-
bers of the Adorers of the Blood of
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of financial difficulties, Barney said.
At other locations, these people
would be evicted and probably go
back to a shelter.
"We want to help the tenants stay
here," Barney said.
She added that one of the reasons
Avalon was created was to relieve
some of the shelter's burden by find-
ing permanent housing for low-in-
McCabe said three tenants had
been identified by the screening pro-
cess and should be ready for the
units by the end of November.
The tax-credit syndication and
the mortgage loan closing are
stalling the move-in process.
The units will be occupied by
individuals earning around $11,000
a year. Two will rent for $230 per
month and the other four for $275
per month. Before the renovations,
the apartments rented for an average
of $200 more per month.
Despite the total time of the pro-
ject, which took about a year,
Barney is optimistic about future
"This is something we, should be
able to repeat," she said.
Bush promises his own 'repeat' during visit to Palace
AUBURN HILLS (AP) -
r President Bush, in what is expected
to be his last stop in Michiganbefore
Election Day, led several hundred
supporters yesterday in a rally cry to
slam-dunk Bill Clinton.
Speaking to an enthusiastic
crowd chanting "four more years" at
The Palace of Auburn Hills, the
Detroit Pistons' arena, Bush said he
intended to "repeat" just as the NBA
Clinton's running mate, Al Gore,
was scheduled to address a yesterday
afternoon rally at Western Michigan
"Governor Clinton said 'I want to
do for the country what I did for
Arkansas,"' Bush said. "We can't let
that happen in this country."
Before the speech, Gov. John
Engler said Bush "ought to have his
own repeat banner, and coming
Tuesday night he's going to get it."
The president attacked Clinton as
a tax-and-spend Democrat who is
touting himself as a candidate for
"Change, change. Change is all
you'll have left in your pocket if you
let this guy become president," Bush
Bush repeated his calls for lower
taxes for businesses, tort reform and
criticized Clinton's support of higher
fuel mileage standards.
The crowd was entertained by
Detroit rock group Mitch Ryder and
the Detroit Wheels, folk performers,
and about 10 high school bands.
The president's strategists agree
that, of the four big industrial states
Bush visited in the closing days -
Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and
Pennsylvania - he must win in at
Clinton scheduled a brief stop to-
day at Detroit Metropolitan Airport,
while Vice President Dan Quayle
planned to appear at Tri-City Airport
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