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Greenville Delta Democrat Times (Newspaper) - April 21, 1968, Greenville, MississippiPerhaps no one was lying somebody had to lying or so it it emed. All is negroes said one thing. A the policemen said another. In the Case of Eddie Melvin Brown tried wednesday o n charges of drunkenness and creating a disturbance four negroes All testified that they saw and heard him try to quiet boisterous group of Young negroes gathered monday Naglit at Nelson and Persimmon streets. T All the police officers who testified were sure that it was Brown who was inciting the Dis order. The Point to made from the trial was that feelings of Young negroes and policemen Here have so hardened on matters of the Type which i led to fines totall ing against Brown that no one involved can look dispassionately at them. The police and the negroes who testified All agreed that Brown had uttered some words to this effect can t fight them the police with rocks and bottles. They have guns and tear the negroes said they in 1 stood that to a rail to the crowd to break up and not con front the officers. The officers were sure that the statement constituted a direct threat to them. Attorney Wes Walkins Sugges Tion that such words might have one meaning to a handful of threatened policemen and a n Cross currents Bob Boyd entirely different meaning to the angry Young neg Roe who posed the threat seemed to impress neither Side. Nor City court judge Earl Solomon who swiftly dismissed Watkins motion for dismissal of the charges on that ground. The police they heard Brown preamble the state ment with they can kill a few of us but they can t kill us the negroes were sure they heard Brown make the state ment in an Appeal to the crowd to break up and go Home. Right or wrong the message carried away by Many of the negroes who came to watch Brown s trial was that it is use less for them to try to quiet Street dist dances. You la just get arrested and fined if you try to Stop one As walked away from the court room. The police department at the same time is convinced that the Only Way to handle the Widen ing breach Between them and negro youths in Grenville i s with increased manpower and Force. The Day after brawn s arrest City police chief w. C. Burnley jr., was asking City Council for permission to hire extra men and pay overtime wages to meet the situation. Animosity toward and my chief Burnley told the Council is greater than it has been in his 22-year career As a professional Law enforce ment officer. Sadly the animosity is Likely to increase rather than decrease with a greater show of Force by the police department. The lesson from Eddie Mcl Vin Brown s trial should have been the frailty and imperfection of the English language. It should have been that men under the Strain of crucial responsibility or men emotionally charged by a tense situation can make mistakes can misinterpret something As imprecise As the English language. Perhaps no one was lying at All. Mississippi has received s quota of 651 male and 450 female Job corps trainees for april thorough june of this year according to a newsletter published by the mississippi1 state employment service. Those openings provide opportunities for Young people tween the Ages of 16 and 22 for Basic education skill training and work conditioning. Emphasis will placed on filling a High percentage of the female quota during april the newsletter said. Application in the mid Delta area May made at u. S. Department of labor orientation and assessment centers i n Greenwood and Greenville. Pop. 73.11 no. 2 rapport Bement n goes i66.l6 St. Nil. Glss Allan supervisors plan Leland talks Urban renewal Leland businessmen and Ald Ermen this week met with Robert. White of the department of housing and Urban develop ment Hud for an information meeting on the possibility of beginning Urban renewal in that Community. Vice mayor Fred Weston said the meeting with the Atlanta official was not the first for the Board of aldermen but that it was the first open to the general Public. White the group gathered in the City courtroom wednes Day afternoon that if went into the Urban renewal pro Gram the City could gain help in rehabilitating the Low income areas in the Northeast Leland and the Black dog District. stressed that tire project would one of local initiative with the Federal government pro Viding Only the Money and plan Ning advice Weston said. Weston said the aldermen met with White on several other occasions in the past Lut that the meeting wednesday Vas what hoped would the first of a series of meetings to inform the people of Leland As to what the possibilities of Urban renewal Are. Are going to have to have a number More of the these meetings and More publicity on what Urban renewal could mean to Weston said. I Hope maybe can mid Delta and More Sallie Anne neb Jeff have a program to explain it at both of the civic added that would not favor Urban renewal in Leland unless the people understood it and were in favor of meanwhile in the rest of t h mid Delta residents took advantage of the Spring weather wednesday afternoon for More outdoor activity than a meeting in the City Hall. Hollandale began this week closing stores on wednesday afternoon and shortly after lunch the town was nearly deserted with everyone headed to their farms for Field work or to the nearest Pond or Lake for fishing. There was at least one hol Landale citizen who could counted on to head out with his casting Rod. Duncan Cope Possi Bly Hollandale s most avid fish Erman missed his fishing trip Frith former principal c. L. Crawley tuesday because h had to go to a port commission meeting. But Cope got the last laugh As can usually counted on to do. I called him up when i got Back from h said and asked him How h did. told All did was kill ourselves they Only got one fish and that was right before they came in. It happens every time they go off on an All Day fishing trip without planters found wednesday and thursday a time to do other things than fishing. Farmers took advantage of the Good Wea ther to get in some Field work although most of the Fields i n the mid Delta still have s o m t wet spots. Wherever there was a dry area there was a tractor cutting across the Field in an attempt to get some land preparation done before the predicted Rains hit. when the rain began sprinkling Down tractors continued to Rove the Sandy areas o f the mid Delta. Z pop. 13.31 so so. Rat. Avon of. Uj0.8s . 20llandal2 Glss Allan plaintiffs plan there s Steep Hills in them Halls opinion Greenville miss. Sunday april 21, 68 5 the Mississippi legislature has Many Steep Hills to climb before its 174 members Call it quits for the 19 68 regular session. ,.e legislature which convened on Jan. 1 has now completed its 16th week but its list of major accomplishments is abbreviated with practically Oil of the vital issues still to solved. Veteran legislators though reluctant to speak out publicly concede privately that the cur rent session probably won t adjourn much before july 1. T they complain that the executive Branch that is go a. John Bell Williams has neglected to provide the leadership and direction that would and i Jackson report William Peart could expedite the biennial get together. Additional some though certainly not All have dragged their legislative feet thus delaying subsequent floor action. Already enacted is legislation calling for limited annual ses Sions of the legislature and reducing voter requirements from two years to one. The voters through a constitutional Amend ment election on june 4, will decide whether the yearly ses Sions legislation is implemented. But governor williams1 Sive education program it provides for in creases for teachers has t gained final legislative approval. And his ambitious million Highway two inning recommendations Are before legislative committees with floor debate quite a distance Down the Road. Those Are Only two of the major issues that must settled. There Are Many Many More sheriff s succession for just one prime example. More importantly appropriations for the 1063-70 biennium Haven t been touched and Aren t expected to before the first week of next month. Because All stale agencies Are involved the passage of appropriation Mea sures is Long and tedious. Money for the operation of state government continues Short. As of now new Revenue measures to underwrite new pro Grams education for in stance Haven t been approved. Fiscal matters have caused a bottle neck. The legislature i s mired Down in an Avalanche o f problems. Strangely neither House speaker John Junkin or lit. Gov. Charles l. Sullivan have admonished their chamber to get along with it. Icy have at least publicly to chastise committees for their relative in activity. And both Chambers continue to work Only four Day weeks which in t exactly conducive legislative action. Which Pla the Impact of the u. S. Supreme court ruling in the Case of a cry is. County of Midland Texas is expected to Felt soon in Washington county. The ruling extended the court s one Man one vote Dis tricking guidelines to local county governments. It brought rejoicing to the Camp of Green Ville citizens win filed suit i n 19g4 to bring about drawing of supervisor districts in washing ton county. Philip Mansour Greenville lawyer who represents plaintiffs Sam Val Ricino and Howard Dyer in the suit considers the sup reme court ruling a Victory for his clients. I think got them whip Ped All the Way Mansour said. The Only question now is when will get the new elec Tion now or at the end of this the county s five super visors took of fico Jan. 1 for four year terms. The ruling which prompted Mansour s Victory claim was in a suit brought by mayor Hank Avery of the City of Midland against the Midland county com missioner s court. The court is the county s Gen eral governing body similar in function to Mississippi s boards of supervisors. Tip Midland county judge Board president was selected from the county at Large but the other four commissioners represented districts and were elected in to rash districts. Population of base districts was 852, 414, 828, and the City of Midland had 95 per cent of1 the county s population but Only a fourth of the representation on court. Obviously population was not the basis for drawing the districts. The u. S. Supreme court ruled hat such substantially unequal districts violate the equal Protection clause of 14tli amendment to the u. S. Constitution. Every qualified resident should have a ballot of equal weight the court ruled. Similarly the Washington county suit is based on substantial difference in population of the live supervisor districts. As the lines Are presently drawn District 1 Glen Allan has population or 3.33 per cent of Hie county s District 2 3.98 per cent District 3 451, c3.19 per cent District 4 18.91 per cent District 5 10.59 per cent. The local suit charges that present districts result in invidious discrimination against Greenville residents who make up 63 per cent of the county popu lation but have Only 20 per cent of Tho representation. In september 196c, Claude f. Claylon Federal judge for Mississippi s Northern District ordered the Board of supervisors to submit a proposed redistricting minority viewed Williams District 3, 22.56. Per District 4, 21.93 per and District 5, 15.73 per the plaintiffs objected claim ing that the districts varied too much. They Faia the lines were apparently drawn to protect and perpetuate the present Board in office while making Token compliance with the court decree. Hie result of that Effort was gerrymandering of District lines on no rational logical or Gal according to the plaintiffs objection. A restricting plan submitted by the plaintiffs provides districts of the following population and percentage of county popu lation District 1, 21.05 per District 2, 20.98 per District 3, 21. 20 per District 4. 18.36 per and District 5, 18.36 per the supervisors plan provides districts with the Fol lowing population and percent age of county population District 1, 18.42 per District 2, 21.26 per with the june 1957, Pri Mary elections approaching the plaintiffs asked Turat the 1957 elections held Al Large. Judge Clayton ordered that for the 19 67 election supervisors must live in the present districts but must elected by the county at Large. reserved ruling on the plans awaiting supreme court action in similar cases. So the next move Here is up to the Federal court of missis Sippi s Northern District. Approval of the Board of supervisors plan would allow each of the present supervisors t o seek election o Post now holds but would give Green Ville residents a far greater voice in electing the supervisors. Approval of the plaintiffs plan would throw Board presid ent Jeff Davis of Avon supervisors Virgil Sandifor of Hollan Linle and Paul love of Cilin Allan into a single District thereby certainly eliminating two of them from cd Callon. There is no indication of when the court will act. Judge Clay ton has been elevated to Hie fifth circuit court of , and Greenville lawyer w. C. Keady has been selected to sit on the Northern District Bench. T t some have speculated that judge Claylon May pass t h Case on to judge Cady. Others have speculated that judge Kea by might Tlam disqualify himself because is a Greenville resident. Like dandelions in the Spring speculation is plentiful but of no lasting importance. What is important at least i n of attorney Man sour is that the supreme court has extended the one Man one Vole ruling to county govern ments. 1c.those guidelines Are applies Here Greenville residents will have More to say about who s on the Board of supervisors. Most mid Delta legislators favor anti riot Bills s. Alexandro w. Swy 82 Bills designed to broaden and consolidate state Laws dealing with riots and their aftermath have been introduced in to the state legislature. Sponsors of the legislation n the House Are rep. John Junkin of Natchez speaker of the House and rep. H. L. Meridell of Greenville chairman of the House judiciary a committee. In the Senate the legislation was introduced by sen. W. B. Bill Alexander of Cleveland chairman of the Senate Judi Ciary a committee. Basically the Bills would make it possible pm municipalities to impose curfews authorize the governor to proclaim a state of emergency at the request of local officials and give him extraordinary Powers to Deal with that Emer gency including the Power to when the emergency is Over make it a felony to engage conspire to cause or incite a riot it a felony to interfere with policy ambulance attendants or government offi their duties in net conditions define looting and make it a felony Pill usable by a sen tence of three to 15 years in the Penitentiary. Issues opinions what do mid Delta legislators think of the proposed legislation Here Are their views in response to questions posed by the Delta Democrat times rep. Abraham there Are Many Laws on our statute books now which if properly enforced would probably sufficient to meet any situation. I do not see where these Laws will give to the state or municipalities much More authority than they already have. In some cases the penalties have been made More severe and in some there Are ways they will weaker. As far As voting for them i Don t see that it makes any Dif Ference one Way or another but probably they Are Good in that they Are More definitive in nature and express the concern of most americans for an individual s welfare and Protection. It s possible that these Laws increase the governor s Power far More than is justified. 1 think local people know More from a first hand basis of what needs to done than one Man who can t know every Community its people and needs. Probably i would vote for the legislation in its present form. Rep. Carlton i Don t have any sympathy for looters or rioters. I Don t believe that Type of conduct solves any real or imagined grievances. After a summary examination of the Bills i feel that most of the provisions of this series of Bills presently exist in one form or another elsewhere in our Laws. Possibly the main Benefit from their passage would to codify and make specific cer Tain Powers and authority that now exists in several different sections of our Laws. I m not opposed to Laws signed to prevent or punish those who take advantage of natural disasters or emergency situations but i do feel that this package of Bills needs to looked at carefully to insure that they Aren t drawn in such a Man Ner As to Render them unconstitutional and consequently unworkable and ineffective. If i can satisfy myself after further study and examination that icy will accomplish the purpose for which Liny it in tended. I la vote for the Bills. Rep. Merideth there s no explicit statutory authority now for the governing author ties of various municipalities to invoke a curfew. There s not at present a Clear Cut authority for the governor to invoke a curfew the lawmakers mid Delta lawmakers in in Ervie cd by the Delia Democrat times this week 1 about issues under consid iteration by the state Legisla k lure Are representatives Doug Abraham Frank Carl ton h. L. Sonny Meri Deth and Hainon Miller All l of fire Enville and c. B. Buddie Newman of Val Ley Park and senators w. Feb. Bill Alexander of h Cleveland and Willard Elwain of Greenville. Sen. W. J. Bill Caraway of Leland was out of town w and could not reached y for comment by press time saturday. According to the attorney Gen eral. The governor might need to invoke a curfew for a county or for the entire state. This legislation would make those things possible. The other Bills Deal with Mak ing illegal und providing ties for engaging in a riot and looting. These Bills were recommended by the governor and the attorney general. They Are similar to the ones passed recently i n Tennessee but have made some changes in committee. The first time they were Dis cussed the consensus was that approval of the Bills would untimely. The last time they were discussed the committee was pretty evenly divided on what kind of recommendation to make about them. Rep. Miller i think these Laws Are unwise and unnecessary. already have sufficient Laws against burglary larceny breaking and entering disturb ing the peace 2nd indirection or riot. These Bills if enacted into Law would constitute a dare or invitation to riot. House Bill 6w, in my opinion is particularly offensive to our constitutional freedoms. . Note that Bill Grants Broad extraordinary Powers to the this Bill would concentrate so much Power in t h governor that could if were so inclined establish a dictatorship in our state. I believe the vast majority of our people Are Law abiding Citi Zens who wish to keep their free Donis. And that will remain so by being Calm rather than being stampeded into Hasty and regrettable action. Rep Newman the vast majority of mississippians arc to commended for using Good judgment and not participating in Large scale disturbances Sim Ilar to those in other areas of our nation. The governor has the responsibility of preserving peace and Tranquility in our state and More than any other person the duty of protecting our citizens lives and property. I favor the enactment of House Bill fis7. This Bill would Arm the governor with additional author Ity to maintain the Public peace. Would authorized under provisions of this legislation to proclaim a slate of emergency Only after the local official Pri Marily in charge of Law enforce ment certifies to the governor that a riot or mob violence i s out of control and beyond the capacity to manage locally. The other Bills Are companion and i favor their enactment. Sen. Alexander this legislation was introduced at the s suggestion. The governor and lieutenant governor asked to introduce the Bills in Trio Senate. The legislation is Patter end head supervisors proposal plaintiffs Here s How the proposed after some Tennessee Laws which were very effective in the Memphis riots. There s nothing wrong w i t h the Bills but the governor s of fice now says that Only one of them is actually needed in Mississippi. I Don t remember which . always had general Laws about breaking and enter ing burglary and disturbing the peace. Actually the governor has about All the Powers in these Bills under the Highway patrol Bill and also under the National guard Law passed in the last administration. In i

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