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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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William E. Rodriguez, delegate to
the "painters' district council and al
dermanic candidate in the 15th Ward,
holds that the act is a frame-up by
anti-labor interests and is "crooked
i as a dog's hind leg J.' He said: "It
gives the Chicago pdlice power to
stop peaceful picketing in any part of
the city. Without any sworn com
plaint, without an affidavit of any
kind, the police and state's attorney
are given power of arrest and trial.
If the police and other elected offi
cials don't like a picket maintained
by labor during a strike they can haul
the pickets away by wagonlqads to
any station in the city. Exactly the
unlawful things done by the police
to the waitresses in front of Hen
rici's are by this act made legal.
"If they can find one judge in the
city who is an Employers' Association
man they can rush the arrests and
bring prisoners before this judge and
have their own way. No feature of
the act is more vicious than the one
that gives policemen the right to ar
rest without warrant.
"The. language of the act is, 'Any
person arrested without warrant
shall without unnecessary delay be
taken by such officer to some "con
venient branch of the municipal
court and such police officer shall
thereupon make and file a complaint
in writing and such defendant shall
thereupon be dealt with according to
law in such manner as if he had been
arrested in the first instance under a
warrant lawfully issued.'
"This little joker is just the kind
of law John M. Glenn and Fred Job
and John Vogelsang and William M.
Collins would find handy in their
business. The same lobbyists of the'
Restaurant Keepers' Association who
smothered a six-day law for women
at Springfield had a hand in this mu
nicipal court act.
"Take notice that after a police
man has made an arrest 'without
warrant,' he is merely required to
'make and file a complaint in writ
ing.' He does not have to swear to
his complaint. " He can charge strik
ers or pickets with anything he
pleases and he is not liable forper
jury." Grand juries are quietly wiped off
the map so far as a big majority of
cases are concerned in Section 56.
It orders: "Before an information is
filed by any other person other than
the attorney generaf or the state's
attorney, one of the judges in the
municipal court shall examine the in
formation and may examine the per
son presenting the same and shall
satisfy himself that there is probably
cause for filing the same."
In place of a grand jury of 23 mem
bers who" shall satisfy themselves
"that there is probable cause," one
lonely peewee corporation judge is
granted the power by this proposed
law.
At Chicago Federation of Labor
offices it is predicted that the act will
be voted down at the polls. In 'the
1908 election a joker was discovered
in a proposed law which would re
quire all wage earners to take out a
city license. Labor speakers and the
labor press argued that workingmen
shquld not be compelled to wear tags
like licensed dogs. It was slaughtered.
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