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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 12, 1975 Ontario man afraid police would shoot FORT ERIE, Out. (CP) James Powless of Fort Erie said Tuesday a Buffalo, N.Y., policeman pulled a gun on him on Canadian soil after chasing him across the international Peace Bridge early Saturday. "I was as convinced as I'll ever be that the patrolman was intending to he said at a news conference in his home after being discharg- ed from hospital with a scalp wound. He said he was either shot or hit on the head with the hand gun but he no longer is sure he believed he was shot. Buffalo police have denied either shooting or hitting Mr. Powless, who was returning with family members from an evening in Buffalo when the incident occurred. Police here describe his in- jury as a hairline fracture. Before the incident on the Fort Erie side of the bridge, Mr. Powless .said, he heard shots fired las the truck with his wife and four in-laws in the cab fled across the bridge from Buffalo with the police in pursuit. The international border is in the centre of the bridge. Buffalo Police Capt. James Cunningham said Tuesday two warning shots were fired into the air on the United States side from the police cruiser as it chased the truck for having six persons in the cab, a viola- tion of New York state law. Other Buffalo police have said the pursuit started when the Powless truck ran through a slop sign. Mr. Powless said Tuesday he did not know why he was being pursued when the cruiser pulled up to him on the American side of the bridge. He said he was prepared to stop when his daughter notic- ed that one of the patrolmen .had drawn a revolver, and he then accelerated and sped toward Canada. Once on Canadian soil, he said, he stopped the truck to find out what was wrong. He said that an "angry" patrolman had answered: "You Indians think you can do anything." Mr. Powless, 'a North American Indian, said his race has given him no trouble in Buffalo on previous visits and the policeman "may have used the racial slur on the spur of the moment because he was angry." When the policeman pulled a gun, he said, he tried to de- fend himself by striking it away. He said it was then that he was injured. Mr. Powless denied an allegation of the Buffalo police that his truck twice rammed the cruiser as it pull- ed alongside. He said he did not bump the cruiser at any time, and Niagara regional police here have stated the 'vehicle showed no evidence of such a collision. Mr. Powless said he will wail and see what action the Canadian and Ontario governments take before tak- ing any steps himself. Both governments have said they are investigating. 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Peace officers rather than crime fighters New breed of policeman advocated by commission VANCOUVER (CP) The head of the British Colum- bia Police Commission says police officers should think of themselves more as peace officers trying to help people in trouble and less as crime fighters intent on arresting lawbreakers. "I want the policeman to really feel that he's a worthy professional, doing a positive job in the said John who was asked to head the commission after he guided the writing of a new B.C. Police Act. Mr. Hogarth, a former university law professor, is try- ing to persuade municipal and provincial governments to hire more policemen. "We have to have enough policemen to do the tradi- tional work before we can get them to do the crime pre- he said in an interview. Policemen in the province number at present. Of these, are RCMP under the direction of the federal government, hired by municipalities too small to form their own forces and hired'by the provincial government to cover unorganized territory. The other police officers are in 12 municipal forces, of which Vancouver has the largest with 850. WANTS 800 MORE "We could justify asking for to bring us up to the national Mr. Hogarth said, but the commission wants only 800 more, half of them for municipal forces. The commission does not control the administration of forces in job is left either to the municipal police commissions in the 12 municipalities that have their own forces, or the RCMP. the commission has power to set standards, do research, recruit and train policemen-for the municipal forces and act as an appeal board in discipline matters. It will be able to draw on provincial funds for municipal police training. The commission's police college will begin operating with a class of 100 in March, with new classes to follow every 10 weeks. Within two years, the college is scheduled to move from temporary quarters to a new criminal justice centre in Vancouver's West End. Recruits will be given 10 weeks of training, followed by 10 weeks with a police force under the supervision of a field instructor. After another 10 weeks at school, they will work for about years in the field, finishing off with 10 more weeks at the college. The commission is sponsoring retraining programs for supervisors, sergeants and the present constables. "All this training of new recruits won't work, if at the end of it all, a hard-bitten old sergeant says, 'Look sonny, I don't care what you were taught, this is the way we're doing it around here.'" "Firestone STORES HUGE OVER SUPPLY SUP-R-BELTS Defuxo Champion Sup-R-Belts wore original equipment on many 5970-74 cars. 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