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Thp Michiean Daily-Saturday Mav 24. 1980-Pane 11

Miami officers
reinstated after
fellow police
threaten strike

From AP and UPI
MIAMI-Five Miami policemen,
called "bums" by the mayor and
suspended for their alleged misconduct
during racial rioting, were ordered
reinstated yesterday after some fellow
officers threatened to strike.
Miami Police Chief Kenneth Harms
said the five men would be back on the
force Tuesday. Jack Sullivan, local
president of the Fraternal Order of
Police, said Harms had said the time
missed would be treated as regular
time off. They had been suspended with
pay.
HARMS MADE THE announcement
after meeting with Sullivan to discuss
police grievances arising from the
three days of rioting by blacks incensed
over the acquittal Saturday of four
former Dade County policemen ac-
cused in the beating -death of a black
man.
As the city prepared for a three-day
holiday weekend, 1,100 National Guard
troops remained on standby in ar-
mories and warehouses to guard again-
st a renewal of the mayhem that began
last Saturday, eventually claiming 15
lives. About 2,700 troops have been sent
home.
Hundreds of policemen, angry at
Mayor Maurice Ferre because he
called the suspended officers "bums"
and because other officials had
proposed amnesty for some of those
arrested during the riots, rallied across
the street from police headquarters
during the meeting.
PETITIONS CALLING for Ferre's

ouster were circulated by officers as
police chanted, "recall, recall." Three
thousand signatures must be collected
on petitions within 10 days to force a
recall referendum.
"I'll walk with any of you anytime,"
Harms, wearing a bullet-proof vest,
told the officers after announcing the
reinstatement.
Police sharpshooters stood on the
roofs of nearby buildings, watching for
possible snipers, and state troopers,
wearing riot gear and armed with M-16
rifles, guarded the street during the
rally.
FOUR OFFICERS WERE suspended
during an investigation of allegations
they vandalized cars of suspected
looters and spray-painted the words
"looter" and "thief" on the autos.
Another was suspended after being ac-
cused of using excessive force in
arresting a looter. No formal finding
was made in any of the five cases.
Ferre, commenting on the vandalism
and brutality charges leveled against
the five officers, told reporters earlier
this week: "It burns the hell out of me
to see one or two bums screw up the
whole reputationof 700 dedicated men."
Sullivan said it was "ludicrous" for
the mayor "to stand up before the press
and call us bums. He wasn't protecting
lives out there. He wasn't getting shot
at. He was at the mayor's mansion."
After meeting with Harms, Sullivan
said the officers would be sent to
"stress school," where they would
receive counseling to help them deal
with stress.

MIAMI POLICEMEN LISTEN to their chief, Kenneth Harms (with bull-
horn) as he talks to them outside the police building yesterday. Some of the
officers had threatened to walk off the job because a proposed amnesty for
rioters in last weekend's disturbances.

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person households."
Bohl also said that this increase was
responsible for the tight housing
situation among the student com-
munity.
Preliminary survey results indicate
that fewer Ann Arborites are renting
their homes than before. The Housing
Survey's figure of 52.2 per cent of
residents who rent homes compares
with the 1970 census figure of 54.8 per
cent. Both figures are higher than the
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