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-he Sunday closing law.
O'Brien said the chief had never
given any special instructions, mere
ly general orders: They "went into
heart-to-heart talks. Johnston
brought out that when Healey made
lengthy law enforcement speeches to
the captains a stenographer, Serg't
John Naughton, took the proceedings
down in shorthand. The heart-to-heart
talks were not taken down.
O'Brien said Healey had warned
them not to arrest violators of the
Sunday law, just report names.
Healey's attitude caused confusion in
police dep't. Healey explained that
he would decide when he wanted the
captains to recommend license revo
cations. At another meeting Healey saM:
"Some captain has proceeded in a
high-handed manner to stop music at
cabarets. I don't want any1 captain
to do that Report It to me. Don't
act vourself." The.g O'Brien explain
ed fnat he himself had stopped music
after 1 a. m. in the tough cabarets'in
the redlight district and 'the black
belt Said by doing this he improved
conditions 75 per cent, but Healey's
order "took a- club from-his hands"
and the vicious cabarets operated in
foill blast once more.
O'Brien testified Healey told cap
tains the following in substance:
"Some of you captains have been
sending people to me, explaining that
you'd be , willing to give them a
chance to run, but it was up to the
chief. I want this to stop. You can
'get by' yourself with whatever you
want without an investigation by this
office. I have no stool pigeons jvatch
lng you. You know I disbanded' the
..gambling squad. So you needn't
think they're coming into your dis
trict. I won't organize it again un
less yoi force me to." O'Brien said
he took tlys to mean the captains
could permit certain infractions of
police regulations without consult
ing the chief. He didn't care to say
it meant permitting law violations.
"t$fanotner occasion dJrlen said
Healey complained that certain capJ
tains were running to reform organ
izations with their grievances ani
complaints. Wanted this stopped.
Said he didn't care anything about
reformers; that he was boss of the
police dep't and proposed to be boss
until ead of Mayor Thompson's term.
Said mayor never interfered with
' Att'y Healy tried to shake O'Brien '
on chief's instructions, but he stuck
to story. Insisted Chief Healey had
crippled police by orders not to. sup
Att'y Healy then asked if O'Brien
had never read that the state's at
torney had said he woujd not prose
cute Sunday violators. There was aT
long argument between 'Healy and
Ass't State's Att'y Johnston on this.
Healy contended this was the reason'
the chief didn't want prrests, but
merely reports made. Johnston re
called that Hoyne liad offered to
name any one the city wanted as spe
cial ass't state's att'y to handle Sun
day violations and that City Hall
crowd had refused. T-liis offer was
extended to City Prosecutor Harry B.
MDler. Olson caused a stir by decid
ing in favor of John J. Healy. O'Brien
replied he had hea"rd about it.
Healy then asked if O'Brien didn't
know that Chief McWeeny in 1911
had promulgated an order allowing
music in Cabarets. Johnston argued
that this had nothing to do -with
Healey's order four years later. Ol
son again decided in favor of the City
Hall crowd. O'Brien, after saying he
didn't recall, finally remembered it.
Johnston Said after John J. Healy
had read an order from the chief to
the captains instructing them to up
hold the Sunday law that the chief
was merely passing the buck. ,
Healy asked O'Brien if he didn't
think the chief's attitude on not ar
resting Sunday violators was caused
by the fact that Hoyne wouldn't
prosecute, and that past prosecutions
had met with failure. He asked "if