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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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COURT DISCHARGES SHOW UP THE NUMEROUS
USELESS ARRESTS THAT ARE MADE
Swelling the number of discharges
made necessary in the boys' court
because of the" absurdity of the
charges upon which boys are arrest
ed, thrown into police cells and later
brought to court, John Peterson, 1142
W. Austin av.; Ernest L. Peterson,
1135 W. Fulton st, and Frank A. Har
ris, arrested by Officer Dan Corbett
and locked up 48 hours, were dis
charged yesterday.
The officer said some one he did
not know who had telephoned a
complaint into the police station that
the boys were creating a disturbance
in the rear of a building. He went
there and asked the boys what they
were doing. He said they told him
they were rushing the can, but he
could not find any can, and then they
told him they were drinking bottled
beer, but he did not see any bottles,
so he arrested them as suspicious
characters. The charge he had pre
ferred against the boys was disorder
ly conduct and they were dismissed
on that charge.
Thomas Dawson, 1845 N. Paulina
st, was arrested by Officer Pat Flynn,
1839 N. Marshfield av., who said Daw
son and some other boys disturbed
his sleep by rushing the can and sing
ing at 11:30 Sunday night and he or
dered them to stop their noise. He
said Dawson made an unprintable re
ply, so he went down to the street
and placed him under arerst. At the
patrol box the boy attempted to get
away and Flynn fired three shots and
the boy submitted to arrest.
Dawson said Flynn called him a
dirty pup and he had replied: "I am
as good as you are," for which he was
placed under arrest He admitted
running away when the officer's back
was turned and halting when the
three shots were fired. Discharged.
In startling contrast to the attitude
of the majority of the officers who
bring boys into this court, Officer
John T. Cunningham asked Judge
Dolan to give Ignatz Michalek, ar
rested by Cunningham for carrying
a gun, another chance, as the boy
pleaded ignorance of the law and is
in poor health. He was found guilty
and placed on probation for six
months.
Attorney Joe Beatty Burtt chair
man of the crime prevention commit
tee of the Knights of Pythias, acted
as public defender. In order to spread
the movement for the prevention of
crime in place of punisnment of of
fenders he is urging that Sept. 6 be
set aside by the governor of each
state as Crime Prevention Sunday
and sermons preached from church
pulpits to the men who are frequent
ly responsible for crime, the owners
of places wherein boys meet tempta
tion. The object of the Crime Prevention
league is to place fraternal, religious
and school responsibility for crime.
If a boy is arrested in a poolroom
raid the Crime Prevention league
would ascertain what fraternity or
church the owner of the poolroom be
longed to and try to influence him tof
help boys instead of placing tempta
tion in their paths through the or
ganization and the church they are
allied with, and also ask the school or
church associates of the boy, if he
has any, to help him.
"There will be unnecessary and
foolish arrests of boys so long as we
have a police system whereby officers
are promoted according to the num
ber of arrests they make," Burtt told
a Day Book reporter, commenting on
the 7,000 boys arrested and dis
charged last year. 'When Chicago
follows the example of London, Paris
and Berlin and promotes officers on
the rdcord of the fewest arrests, the
police will try to help the boy obey
the law instead of creating in htm a
contempt for it"
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