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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Police brutality claim denied By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Charges of police brutality were made by a national civil liberties group Wednesday in connec- tion with recent Indian demonstrations of Parliament Hill. They were immediately de- nied by Solicitor-General War- ren Allmand who said the association had no respect for truth. Both Mr. Allmand and Superintendent Marcel Sauve of the RCMP said however, they would immediately investigate any charges of brutality to the Indians and others who demonstrated on the Hill Monday until dispers- ed by the RCMP riot squad. The Canadian Federation of Civil Liberties and Human Rights Association, a group with 16 civil rights'affiliates AFT6R YCAR AFTCR YEAR AFT6R INOCTODCR and we'll tow In worth ol Arctic Wear Miits, boots, Cat accmsories you name it. But don't wait to buy your Cat. Special offer October 31. across the country, called for a public inquiry into the violence on the hill Tuesday to be conducted independently of the RCMP. In a statement by president Don Whiteside, the federation said it has evidence collected by members of the Civil Liberties Association of Ot- tawa and by a "host" of Quakers "which indicates that the use of the RCMP special riot squad was unnecessary." The statement continues: 'Further, this association has evidence that after the RCMP riot squad was called into ac- tion excessive violence was used by the RCMP on both the unarmed demonstrators and bystanders. ..._ "The federation... hesitates to suggest that the RCMP dis- criminates against native peo- ple but it is open to question why the riot squad, which has been in existence since 1967, was not used in previous dem- onstrations which were clear- ly more violent and out of con- trol." It said the press condoned, at least by implication, the amount of violence used by the riot squad. "It seems strange that al- though thousands of photo- graphs were taken during the demonstration by the press apparently none were taken when the RCMP clubbed ob- viously unarmed people, some who were already on the ground trying to protect their heads." LETHBRIDGE HONDA CENTRE 1117 2nd Ava. South YEAR YEAR AFT6R Youngest judge takes oath VICTORIA (CP) Douglas Robert Campbell, who began work today in provincial court's family division, is believed to be, at 29, the youngest judge in British Columbia history. He took the oaths of office and allegiance Tuesday. The statement concluded by saying that unless forceful public pressure is brought to bear on the RCMP, it will con- tinue to act in an aggressive manner toward native people who will, in turn, become increasingly frustrated and retaliate with violence. Mr. Whitesaide said in an in- terview he was standing among the demonstrators and he saw an elderly woman pushed by a baton-wielding RCMP man and when he went to her assistance a policeman pulled a gun. He said missiles were thrown at police only after the demonstrators were violently pushed down the steps in front of the Parliament building. Police reports say the oppo- site of this. Mr. Allmand, who is a mem- ber of one of the civil liberties groups affiliated to the feder- ation, had a sharp retort when shown the statement. "That's horse manure." He said the police showed restraint throughout and the riot squad moved the demonstrators out only after they were attacked and only after several warnings were given over a loudspeaker. He said the violence was caused by some Maoists and some Indians in the crowd. The police intelligence ser- vices had given advance warn- ing that there could be trouble. The minister expressed anger over references in the statement to racial descrimination. He said his department works with Indian associations across the country on matters con- cerning RCMP relations and on that very Wednesday had announced a new RCMP train- ing program for Indian policemen. RESTRAINT LAUDED He said for an organization that deals in civil liberties, it had no respect for the truth. Even members of the opposi- tion New Democratic Party had praised the police restraint. 6 year okl whisky 5 year old price. ISIR Beautiful! RdlisefColonyHouseCanadianWhisky. Thursday, Octobar 3, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 5 Judge's removal motion rejected Wheelchair lawyer Curtis Brewer waits to enter his specially- equipped van following admittance to the New York State Bar Wednesday. The 48-year-old quadriplegic was given the oath after four years in law school in a wheelchair. He is unable to lift even a finger. By STUART LAKE OTTAWA (CP) A motion by defence lawyer Claude Sheppard that Mr. Justice Louis Philippe de Grandpre not sit on the Supreme Court of Canada bench during a hearing of the appeal of Dr. Henry Morgentaler was dis- missed by the court Wednesday. Mr. Sheppard surprised a packed courthouse at the opening of the Morgentaler appeal against performing an illegal abortion when he quoted from an anti-abortion speech made by Mr. Justice de Grandpre before he became a member of the high court. The lawyer quoted the judge as saying he was totally op- posed to making abortions legal in Canada and saying that "to kill a fetus is murder." After hearing Mr. Shep- pard's motion and a few remarks by Crown lawyer Louis-Guy Robichaud dis- associating himself from it, the court retired to consider the motion. It returned about 40 minutes later saying Judge de Grandpre would sit when the appeal resumes today. 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