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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, August 6, 1980-Page 9

occurs in
Key West

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A racial flareup that left
seven people injured on this casual resort island
simmered down in the pre-dawn hours yesterday and
local leaders said it was "nothing likea riot."
"When you look at the harmony this island has had
for years, you know it's nothing to worry about," said
Tony Tarracino, proprietor of Capt. Tony's Saloon
and a leading social observer in this city of 35,000.
"This isn't Liberty City."
MIAMI'S LIBERTY City area was the focal point
of rioting in May that left 18 people dead and more
disturbances last month, while Tampa, on Florida's
Gulf Coast, and Orlando, in Central Florida, have
been disrupted by subsequent racial problems.
Five people received hospital treatment after four
hours of sporadic disturbances that began here late
yesterday. The trouble began when a black man was
assaulted by three whites in a downtown bar. Blacks
grew angry when the whites weren't arrested.
After a hastily called meeting of civic leaders.

police began divertirg traffic from the city's two bar-
lined main streets. Extra officers were called out, but
only one person was arrested, Audrey Thompson of
Key West.
POLICE CHARGED her with aggravated battery
after Kenneth Lopez, 30, of Tampa, was struck in the
head by a rock.
Only one incident of gunfire was reported. Police
said a group of black males attacked William Perkins
with a piece of wood as he stepped out of his home.
Perkins ran into the house for a revolver, then fired a
shot at the fleeing youths, police said.
No one was hit by the shot, and Perkins was treated
and released for superficial wounds.
POLICE DETECTIVE Capt. Raymond Casamayor
said, "It wasn't an organized thing. It was because of
what happened earlier at the bar."
The extra police officers started going home at 4
"Things just calmed themselves down,"
Casamayor said.
- Two Cubans were critically'injured
and about a dozen military police suf-
fered minor injuries yesterday when
more than 300 refugees stormed
barricades and threw rocks and bottles
in an "out-of-control riot," a refugee
center spokesman said.
One of the Cubans was hurt when he
allegedly crashed an Army jeep, of-
ficials said. They did not know how the
second Cuban was hurt, but said both
AP Photo were in critical condition at the Her-
shey Medical Center.
throw an BY 9 P.M., Army troops had gotten
ssing the all of the Cubans back to their normal
Brown of living areas, officials said.
The riot, which erupted at 5 p.m., was
the third, and biggest, of the day.
Art Brill of the federal Cuban-Haitian
task force said about 200 National
Guardsmen joined the 900 U.S. Army
personnel already stationed at the en-
ter, which houses about 6,000 refugees.
e s out to the troops, but cmp officials sid
L they did not know immediately if the
rifles were loaded.
The Cubans who leaped the rope and
ling, and the wooden barricades came from the
s not legally single-male area, and numbered bet-
in on the day ween 300 and 500, officials said.
Earlier in the day, smaller groups of
used" in the refugees in the camp's family area
nan who suf- staged two rock-throwing melees after
ile left alone federal guards took three Cubans into
aunton State custody in two separate incidents.
"And "staff AFTER THE third riot broke out,
nd emergen- Brill said, "We don't know what the
also were problem is. It could be the heat of the
moment. We don't know the reason but
r-old woman it is out of control."
Metropolitan Brill said security officials will try to
t, the report weed out the troublemakers today and
ence was isolate them from the rest of the camp.
e did not in- Earlier, Rep. Allen Ertel (R-Pa.),
onths, and said White House officials had told him
t. that 500 more Army personnel will be
teeth, appar- sent to the center by Thursday as
rtem, were backups to the 900 now there.
r her disap- Ertel, whose district includes Fort
n of a male Indiantown Gap, has been severely
n is still critical of security at the center. He
came to the center for a briefing.

Iunny side down
A man who identified himself as Jose Calderon of Greeley, Colo. is held back by two men while attempting to
egg at independent presidential candidate John Anderson. The incident occurred while Anderson was addre
National Governors' Conference in Denver yesterday. Governors Robert Ray of Iowa (left) and Edmund B
California are looking on.
Mass. Senate uncovers
deat s in ealth faciiti

BOSTON (AP) - An investigation of
public mental facilities in
Massachusetts disclosed more than 20
"unexplained" deaths, widespread
violations of law and major deficiencies
in patient care, a state Senate panel
reported yesterday.
The list of dead over the past three
years included a patient found tied to a
tree and burned to death, another found
dead after being tied face down on a bed
in an unventilated room and a woman
who disappeared without a trace except
for seven teeth found in the possession
of another patient.
were listed in the preliminary report of
the Special Committee to Investigate
Seclusion, Restraint and Deaths in
State Supported Facilities. Many were
suicides or apparently resulted from
natural causes.
But Sen. Jack Backman, committee
chairman, told reporters more than 20
deaths were "unexplained" and that

none were "appropriately in-
vestigated" by the Mental Health
Department or other state agencies.
Backman did not give a specific num-
ber of unexplained deaths.
He said the department has no cen-
tral registry for deaths, and the list was
compiled from reports by friends of the
patients, family, undertakers, hospital
workers and department staffers.
FOUR CASES, including three con-
firmed deaths and one disappearance,
were reported in detail in the study.
released yesterday. Patients' names
were not included.
In the case of a 30-year-old man who
died at the Solomon Mental Health Cen-
ter in Lowell on Aug. 24, 1979:
"For the four hours prior to his death,
the patient had been tied by his hands
and feet face down in an unventilated
room. During this period he probably
was not checked every 15 minutes as
required by DMH regulations.
THE CAUSE of death was listed as

fluid in the lungs and swel
report said the patient wa
committed to the institutio
of his death.
"Drugs had been overs
case of a 22-year-old wom
focated last September Wh
in a chair restraint at T
Hospital, the report said.
monitoring of the patient a
cy medical treatment
inadequate." _
In the case of a 36-yeas
who disappeared from A
State Hospital last Augus
said, "possible evid
destroyed; the state polic
vestigate for two m
necessary records were los
"Seven of the woman'sI
ently extracted post-mo
found three months afte
pearance in the possessio
patient ... The womai

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