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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 27, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Each.year thousands of people are
"taken into custody" by the police
department More-than 95 per cent
of these men are later released. They
are held from 2 to 24 hours in the
police "lockups." Of course, the law
prevents the department for holding
anybody on suspicion. lor more than
24 hours without booking him, but
this law is flagrantly violated, and
whenever the relatives or friends of
a prisoner learn that he is locked up
"on suspicion" they usually arrive
just after the patrol wagon leaves
through the alley to another precinct
Sometimes this game of hide and
seek is kept up for days. It is to pre
vent a writ of habeas corpus from
being taken out to liberate the pris
oner. Section 95 of the criminal code of
Illinois provides a $500 fine and a
year's imprisonment for "the unlaw
ful violation of a person's liberty with
legal authority." According to Chief
Justice Olson of the municipal court,
this is practically the same thing as
"being taken into custody," as the
police call it, and "bonehead arrests,"
as they are styled by the judge.
"Of course, some of these arrests
are necessary, but a great many of
them are not," said the chief justice.
"The police department has a great
many clever, capable officers and a
still greater number of patrolmen
who seldom use anything but their
hands and clubs in making an ar
rest We see this in every branch of
our courts everyday. The police howl
about our discharging 7 per cent of
the people brought before us. Eight
years ago we only discharged 55 per
cent This was due to the fact that
there are more unnecessary arrests
now than there ever was.
"Americans have a mania for pass
ing laws and I have been told by
some friends who recently visited
Russia that the personal restructions
there were less than in this country..1
And here every citizen is a king unto
himself. Each day our sheets are
crowded with clothesline fights and
petty violations of petty laws which
could be easily settled out of court '
if the state's attorney, the city prose
cutor and the police department
would work in harmony with us.
"I have suggested to tie police, the
state's attorney and city prosecutor
that they keep their men on the job
at the police stations to work up
cases before they are (brought into
court to waste the time and try the
patience of our judges.
"I have. suggested to the chief of
police that lie invite good criminal
lawyers to talk to his policemen on
how to gather evidence, especially
circumstantial evidence, and to define
the law .go that less bonehead arrests
will be made. A very interesting
volume could be written upon the
blunders of the police department
along these lines. A policeman should
find out sufficient reasons to make
the arrest before doing so. If we
could all work together we would
accomplish much."
Department managers had a lot of
fun at the expense of The Daily News
during their banquet at Hotel LaSalle,
pjtirfiav nfeht An original playlet,
entitled "The Dropped Type, or the
Tragedy of the Brass Bed Outfit"
was the feature of the banquet.
Recently The News made a mis-
folra in an a1 Win ffw 'Pho "Pali. nA-
Tertising a bed for $1 .50 when it
should have been $11.50... Neither th.8
store, The Fair, Or The News made
good the difference in advertised
price to hundreds who flocked to the
store to grab supposed bargain.
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Uniontown, Pa. 15 persons injur
ed by explosion that demolished1
.house of Tony Tassons Republic. -3

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