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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 28, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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For days after a big crime has been
pn7nTnittp.ci tha newsnaners will bla
tantly tell their readers that a man,
or a couple of men, are being held by
the police as suspects, sometimes
they even use the prisoner's name.
The next day an item in some obscure
corner of the paper will tell of this
suspect's discharge because of "in
sufficient evidence" They don't even
try to erase the blot they have-thrown
on the man's name by the unf air news
story published the day before.
Emerging from a filthy police sta
tion and perhaps bearing some Scars
about his body the result of the
third degree the "suspect" will car
ry a grudge against the police force
as long as he lives. It is more than
likely if he again gets into trouble
the former arrest will be held against
Each day one may visit the courts
and hear hundreds of cases where
tha TinHrismnn admits he has been "a
little hasty," but asked the Judge to
read the man's record. MoBt of the
judges are "square." They refuse to
convict on the testimony of the police
records alone.
"There are only three circum
stances under which a police officer
is justified in making an arrest,"
Daniel Cruise, the labor attorney,
said. "First, when an offense is com
mitted in his presence; second, when
he has a warrant; and, third, when
there is probable cause. Of course,
there are a great many unnecessary
arrests every year and it is the right
of every citizen to demand on what
charge he is being locked up. He
may do this at the risk of-his head
and a great many take this risk.
Att'y Clarence Darrow thinks that
the police department should be lec
tured by attorneys from the city pros
ecutor's and state's attorney's of
fices. "This would result in a more
efficient police force," he stated. "It
is' a very difficult thing to prosecute, a
'false arrest' made by the police de
partment. As it is a civil matter it
sometimes takes five year-to come
to trial and then parties have usually
forgotten all about it."
"There are a great many arrests
tar netfv vinlfltions of the law. where
'instead warnings should be given,"
Harry Miller, city prosecutor, saia.
"Few people who are arrested do not
not know what they are being ar
rested for. I am a prosecutor, not a
persecutor, and I think there should
be a better understanding between
the police and the other city depart
ments. Lectures to policemen should
not only be about law, but could in
clude health and building regulations.
Judge Olson's-idea is a good one."
o o
whan the familiar roar of the
Isawed-off shotgun edhoed through
the Little itaiy aistnct 01 me worm
Side yesterday afternoon business
stopped. Hundreds of men, women
and children gathered in the front of
Vito Ingraffai's butcher shop at 1129
Milton ar. and looked curiously at the
body of Vito Castaluzzo twitching in
death agonies on the sidewalk. When
the police patrol arrived a few mo
ments later Castaluzzo was dead. The
gun had been held close to the left
side Of his back when it was fired.
Only twice in the past two years
has the Italian "black hand squad" of
Second Deputy Schuettler's office
"cleaned up" and caught a njurderer,
and more than fifty people have been
Castaluzzo was a wine merchant at
510 Hobbie st So far no "suspects"
have been arrested or. clues to the
murderer found.
o o
Villa promises Carranza "a series
of surprises." Bet he can't surprise
old whiskers out of the Vera Cruz
customs house.
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