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RECORD BREAKING POLICE
PROBE STARTS NEXT WEEK
While Mayor Thompson and party
of aldermen are off to California next
week there will get into action in the
city hall a record-breaking probe of
the police department and police sys
The first clash on this job comes
Monday night when Chairman Thos.
J. Lynch of the council police com
mittee will ask power for his commit
tee to search anybody and anything
in the police department from Chiel
llealey and Sec'y Luthardt on down
10 plain clothes men and beat po
licemen. A report by Pres. Percy Coffin is
slated for reading. The report rakes
over and tries to tear holes in the
work of the Merriam crime commit
tee and Aid. Merriam personally.
In this report Coffin will held up his
-nds and holler with horror again
i ir the employment by Merriam of
oks, snitches, boozefighters and
people to go into saloons and
i igouts of thieves.
The Merriam bunch in the council
ill come to bat and ask where else
but in dives, joints and shady raths
kellers is anybody going to hunt ror
the system by which detectives and
police fixers are to be found.
Chairman Lynch will read into the
record an up-to-date list of the
crimes happening since Chief Healey
was appointed with a promise to
"drive the crooks from the city."
Aid. Lynch has been in conference
with Aid. eMrriam. The two of them
told a Day Book reporter they want
one point understood about like this:
It's a certainty there will always be
more or less crime in a city of 2,000,
000 people. The crimes that can be
stopped, however, are those com
mitted by known crooks who stay in
the city and get protection from
crooks inside the police department.
First, clean out the crooks in the po
lice department Then there'll be less
chance for the crooks outside to do
business. That the department has
violated or evaded civil service law
is a minor point That Chief Healey
should O. K. the reinstatement or
former Chief McWeeney, Detectives
Powers, Mulvey and others, after
those officers were put off the force
under peculiar conditions, needs ex
planation. o o
SHOWDOWN SOON ON HOW MANY
CROOKS HEALY'S DRIVEN OUT
What will Chief Healey's batting
average be on his showdown Monday
night? Both Mayor Thompson and
his police chief are pledged to "drive
crooks out of the city."
Monday night the chief is under
council orders to hand in the official
squeal book telling how many and
what crimes have been pulled off in
Chi. the last four months.
Average number of crimes ran
2,200 a month before the period to be
covered by the squeal book. Will
the squeal book Monday night show
8,800 crimes or more or less. If it's
more, the mayor and his chief need
more time to keep their promise to
drive crooks out of the city.
"Strikers seem to take more time
and energy of the coppers nowadays
than crooks," said Aid. John C. Ken
nedy of the police committee today.
"While the Armour jewel burglars are
eating and sleeping easily, working
girls are ridden into by Healey's
mounted squads. Fine work!"
CALL NEW STRIKES
Raincoat makers have not settled
their strike at Rosewald & Weil, Kin
zie and Ashland. Furthermore, they
don't intend to settle until R. & W.
sign up with garment workers at
their 510 S. 5th av. factory. Rain
coat Makers are affiliated with the A.
F. of L. v
New raincoat makers strikes have
been called at Chicago Raincoat Co.,
New Era, Harrison and Blue Island
av., and Home Raincoat Co., 1144 S.
Halsted. More pay and union recog-
l nition demanded,