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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ____Wednesday. June 7, 1972 1HE IEIHBRIDGE HERA1D 5 Inquiry on Premier Kosygin visit last October Ontario govt. erred in sending police against protesters TORONTO (CP) A decision 1 lo send mounlcd police into a crowd of demonstrators protest- ing the visil of Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin last October was an "error in says a report tabled in Ihe Ontario leg- islalure here. Judge I. A. Vannini, who headed a 34-day inquiry inlo the Oct. 25 incident, said members of the police mounted unit were not justified in riding their horses into the unruly crowd, an action that sparked accusations of police brutality from some demonstrators. The judge said in the 171-page report released by Attorney- General Dalton Bales that po- lice made "the right decision" in using the mounted police but said the men should have been arrayed as a show of force be- fore being sent into the crowdi The mounted unit was not "justified in endangering the lives of other persons by at- tempting to disperse the agita- tors and the persons in Ihe crowd who were Ihrowing ob- iecls The Sault Ste. Marie judge, while generally praising police handling of the demonslration ol aboul persons, also salt police failed lo communicate with some protest organizers and used "excessive or brutal force. He also criticised some news reports and statements and affi- davits by demonstrators who publicly charged the police with a "wanlon, reckless, brulal and unnecessary charge." Such statements, said the judge, were exaggerated. The majority of Ihose who had made affidavit and several who had sent letters or telegrams maintained that they were Ihe reporl says, or "admitted to some ex- aggeration. The judge's report concluded that failure by police to work the clash at the Ontario Science Centre where the Russian leader was Judge Vannini, appointed by he provincial government to in- vestigate charges of police bru- ality in Iheir handling of the crowd, said police bad known a week prior to the demonstration lhal largo numbers were ex- pected to participate. POLICE INFORMED Ukrainian-Canadian leaders had informed police and fail- ure lo co-operate and the break- down in liaison on the part of the police contributed in some measure to the dangerous situation." The judge also said that of 15 persons arrested, "in respect o ive of them police used execs sive or brulal force." Thirteen were injured as a result of th actions of the mounted unit. No foot policeman used lu b.Vxm or his billy in elfeclin arrests and none of Ihem olher wise assaulted any member o Ihe public, the judge conclude! He also said betler commun callous equipmenl mighl hav prevenled the clash. "When pressure developed on Hie front police line, Ihe crowd might have been restrained by constant police persuasions and warnings over adequate loud- speaking equipment, but _such was not available to them." This pressure, said the judge, was precipitated by a small group of unidentified youthful lemonslralors. Excepl for the Jewish Defence League and the Ed- mund Burke Society, Ihe oilier ethnic groups were firmly resolved to delimitate in a peaceful, dignified manner and by far the majority did so." PROVIDED SECURITY Bul the report, prepared after hearing 214 witnesses and at a cost of more than says the police "within the maximum limit of the manpower lhal could be deployed for this pur- provided Ihe maximum security necessary for the I safety of the Soviet premier. 1 And, says the report, police recognized and did not try to interfere with the right of the public to demonstrate and "ex press their opposition lo Soviet communism. "Of recent years demonstra- ons of political and have been more Ire- uent, ever larger and resorted o by more sectors o! our soci- ty." In an addendum to his report, Judge Vannini says that with miltec and one of the harshest critics of the mounted-police ac- tion prior to the inquiry, said ing the inquiry that news film supported police officials in their testimony that the horses entered at a walk. "It's one thing to rip down and criticize our he said used in 'a constructive way to improve the police force." While his committee planned no further action, tho report In- dicated "there should be an ex- amination of certain members of the police force and action Divorce celebration wasn't traditional BOLTON, Mass. (AP) The occasion was accented with all the traditional extras three-tiered wedding cake, inscribed matchbooks, gift- bearing guests and a little graffiti on the car. But David W. Durrani's cel- ebration was far from tradi- the 60 friends he Invited to celebrate his di- vorce. The wedding cake was topped with black icing and a tiny plastic groom on top, but without a bride. The matchbooks were in- scribed: "David, June 3, 1972." In his lapel, Durant wore a black he re- frained from throwing in the traditional bridal-bouquet manner since most of his guests were married couples. Four guests arrived in a stripped -Sown antique car with "Just Divorced" painted on the side. On the back of the car. where the trunk used to be, was a large suitcase labelled "Divorce case." Durrani and his wife were married in their native Eng- land seven years ago but had been separated about two years before Hie divorce came tlirough. "It's a celebration of my the 29-year-old in- terior designer said. received information later that the student, who was not identified, apparently was drinking something fired up with vodka. Three teachers hav b een suspended in connection with the incident. Concorde jet speed sets mark LOS ANGELES my life I knew this would hap- said William Marvel as he put on the tights and cape he and friends designed with the help of a comic book. Marvel, 25, planned an air force career as a teen-ager. He graduated from the Air Force Academy, became a second b'eutcnanl, then a firsl captain. Capt. Marvel wore his cos- .tume to a party celebrating his promotion. "Holy said some of the guests. On Monday he was back at work, for the first time in his now rank, as an aslronautical engineer at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Organization. He answered the telephone and told the caller who he was. was Ihe answer, "and I'm Superman." JENNISON, Mich. (AP) School Superintendent David McKenzie said he thought the 14-year-old student in Annie Get Your Gun was giving a realistic performance as an Indian who got drunk on lire- water. McKenzie said Monday no BOMBAY, India (AP) The Concorde supersonic jetliner set a record today when it made an 875-mile-an-lKmr dash across the Arabian Sea. But it was held up over Bombay landing be- cause it was carrying lo much uel. The plane cracked the 738- mile-an-hour sound barrier, cov- ring the miles from Ihe 'ersian Gulf island of Bahrain n 100 minutes. The flight look 12 minulcs longer lhan planned >ecause the plane circled Bom- >ay at subsonic speed to con sume excess fuel. The flight was record-break- ng. Normally, subsonic flights 'rom Bahrain lo Bombay take about three hours 15 minutes. The Concorde left Tehran ear- lier in the day on the second leg of its promotional round tour from England to Australia. The needle-nosed aircraft, a product of British-French co-op- eration, flew over Iran at sub- sonic speed, landed at Bahrain and then took of for Bombay. It will remain there overnight be- fore heading on to Singapore with a brief stopover in Bang- kok. Pool staff shut off gas CORONATION (CP) Three persons were slill In hospital Tuesday alter a chlorine gas leak at the municipal swim- ming pool in this central Al- berta town Saturday. About 50 persons originally were admitted lo hospital after the accident, believed caused by an equipment malfunclion, and most were released Sun- day. Two of the persons still in hospital were pool staff who shut olf the leaking gas. The pool, cleared in about 20 sec- onds after the leak was found, was reopened Monday. An official from the provin- cial department of the environ- ment is investigating the leak. the ever-increasing number of said the department is already improving communications Mr. Maksymec, who prior to Ihe inquiry had said police nel and equipment "is now im- equipment lor such occasions. lioberl Maksymec, presidcnl of the Ukrainian-Canadian Corn- charged the crowd, agreed dur- ON SALE: JUNE 7'8-9-1O WEEKLY BIG VALUES DRESS BIKINI SET PANTY HOSE SHORT SET To wear in sun-kissed places! Striped top mates with'-1 cuffed shorts! Brown, Navy, White or Red. Misses' S-M-L. Compatible pairs in Polyester Acetate for summer fun! The sleeveless dress is flattering with flip skirt and matching bikini brief I Colorful prints. Jr. Petites' 7-15. Just perfect for your summer sandals! 100% stretch nylon! Sheer briefs with seamless stretch nylon stockings and nude heels! Fashion snades! One size. 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