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VQL.2,NQ.126 Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1913 ONE CENT
COP WHO SHOT CITIZEN PUT BACK ON FORCE;
GUNMAN WOUNDED IN STREET FIGHT
1 . A
Thug Had Record as Long as Your Arm and Once Was
Arrested for Murder, But Always Was Pro
tected Cop Was (?) Lucky.
Robert Lynch, gunman and thug, was found lying on the side
walk at Twenty-first and State streets, suffering from a bullet wound
in his stomach.
Detective Michael Burke, of the First precinct, who shot and
killed Joseph Harasek after. a petty quarrel, December 22 last, has
been "reinstated on the force.
These two items from the local
news of the day are two of the
best explanations in the world of
the prevalence of crime, of thug
gery and robbery and murder, in
Robert Lynch has been known
to the police as a gunman of the
worst sort for years. He has a
record as long as your arm, and
he has been arrested time and
again--once for murder.
But Lynch was and is a pro
tected thug, and no matter how
often policemen who wanted to
do their duty arrested him, he al
ways managed to keep from be
ing put behind bars.
The shooting of Joseph Har
asek by Detective Burke was
cold-blooded in the extreme.
There was no excuse for it. After
it was over, Burke admitted that
he had used his gun rather than
drop the three dozen eggs he was
carrying and grapple with
Harasek. In which case, Burke
thought a' few eggs worth more
than a man's life. And that is
Burke's side of it. Harasek never
was able to give his.
But the case against Burke for
that shooting was presented to
the grand jury by Assistant
State's Attorney Mike Sullivan,
former attorney for the United
Police and appointee of Andrew
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