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EMPLOYES TO LOSE PROTECTION OF POLICE-
IT'S UP TO COUNCIL
Mounted police, motorcycle men
and plain beat officers are not going
to parade up and down in front of
the big clothing establishments of
You are going to get a chance to
picture a committee of 15 of the
council going around to these cloth
ing firms and piling the officers into
the patrol wagon and sending them
back to their stations. Or to their
You are going to get a chance to
see or hear the city police tell the
clothing bosses to go plumb to.
All this, if Aid. Buck and others
who are fighting for fair play in the
garment workers' strike have their
The council police committee re
quested the clothing bosses to come
before them and give their side of the
story. That was Thursday mornfng.
Thy didn't show up. Nobody was
there to represent them.
Thursday afternoori the request
was still good. The bosses sent a
representative to explain that they
wouldn't appear, as the committee
did not have power to make them.
That was the last straw. The boss
es refused to go half way. The spe
cial strike committee and the coun
cil police committee were peeved.
This "go to " attitude has led
the two committees to take a differ
ent attitude. The police committee
has recommended the council to
withdraw the right of the bosses to
employ sluggers and private cops.
The arbitration committee has asked
thpt nolice protection be taken away.
Chief of Police Healey and Acting
Mayor Moorehouse, after a confer
ence this morning, decided not to
withdraw the police from the strike
This, however, will have no effect
on the aim of the alderman, who will
demand that the council pass an
order forcing the withdrawal of the
Aid. Utpatel, chairman of the ar
bitration committee, hotly denounced
"These employers are taking the
police from my people to stiffen their
own backs," he said, "and if it is not
stopped I may do something rash. I
am not going to stand for the police
being used to prolong 4he fight be
tween the employers and strikers."
After hearing several witnesses at
Thursday afternoon's session Att'y
Cunnea for the strikers told the po
lice committee he felt that he had
made his case and that he did not
wish to put on any more witnesses for
fear of dragging out the discussion,
a number of weeks.
"If the findings of this committee
are going to rap the police depart
ment I want these officers heard,"
said .Hornstein, pointing to a group
of men who had been called in by the
"They have not even been ac
cused," returned Cunnea. "In my 25
years' legal experience I have never
tried to charge a policeman with any
thing. These fellows are between the
'devil and the deep sea.' It is the sys
tem of policing strikes that we are
Hornstein then took up two hours'-
time with the examination of police
whose testimony was a contradiction
to the testimony of the strikers.
"What can you expect from an ac
cused cop but a denial," Cunnea said'
later. "I am certain that their tes-;
timony will not offset ours."
Policeman Snyder said a pickpock
et oaused the riot call to be turned in
from Hodcarriers' hall. He said"
they drew their clubs and dispersed!
the crowd. Following him on the
stand was another officer who said1
they did not use their clubs.
Policeman Monty Cannon testified
he had refused a warrant to man whf