Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, September 2, 1970 THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID 1J. Crime Pressure Forces Retirement Of Police Chiefs LONDON, Onl. (CP) The police chiefs of four major Ca- nadian cities have recently been forced into early retirement by the pressure of crime and at- tacks on police, says Chief Ar- thur Cookson of Regina. Chief Cookson, retiring as president of the Canadian Asso- ciation of Chiefs of Police, told t h e association's convention here Tuesday that retirements of James Mackey of Toronto, George Blow of Winnipeg, Jean-Paul Gilbert of Montreal and Edgar Pittman of St. John's, Nfld., "were premature retirements brought on by pressures and frustrations of the day." "Never in Canadian history have the heads of police forces had to face so much pressure. Crime has increased across Canada, there has been an alarming increase in drug use and many of us have had a taste of demonstration, inclu- sive of violence. "Vicious assaults and robber- ies have climbed rapidly and police authority has been chal- lenged' and publically. attacked as never before." Chief Cookson blamed par- ents, reporters, lawyers and un- popular laws for the widening gap between police and the pub- lic. Police are not to blame "be- cause they are better trained now in human and public rela- tions than ever befor." But he met disagreement on the point from another speaker Tuesday, Rev. Richard D. Jones of Toronto, president of the Ca- nadian Council of Christians and Jews. He told the 160 police chiefs they arc using the methods of 20 years ago, and "washed up" unless they "get ths sup- port of the decent citizen." All other professions get spe- cialized training, "but not so for a policeman." "They drop out of school at Grade 9 or 10, than, if big enough, apply for a job. After three months in a police college they are cut on the street: "The policeman, every police- man, presents the image of his department, and some of these policemen don't present a good image." DEPLORES CRITICISM Chief Cookson, in blaming lawyers and the news media for making the policeman's life more difficult, said: "There are persons in promi- nent places constantly .sniping and criticizing police action and who want to revert the police image to the level of old-time flatfoot or Keystone Kop." He said the news media have distorted scir.e of his state- ments, taking them out of con- text to alter the meaning. "There is only one reason the media will do this and that is they are more interested in cre- ating controversy than they are in publishing he added. Chief Cookson said the drug culture and rebellion made the need for a "firm united front" by police chiefs more pressing than ever before. Panthers Lose Court Bid PHILADELPHIA (AP) Fourteen Black Panthers, seized after a brief Shootout with raiding police Monday, lost a bid today to go free on bail as two judges finally agreed to keep bail at each. The raids on three Black Panther centers, ordered by Po- lice Commissioner Frank L. Rizzo, followed a weekend dur- ing which a park guard ser- geant was killed at his desk. Six other policemen wer-i wounded in other incidents. A fourth man was arrested Monday on murder and conspir- acy charges in connection with the slaying of the sergeant and the wounding of a park guard. John Prescott, 21, was ordered held without bail. Three other men and a woman had been ar- rested earlier. Greeks Free Ailing Editor CHESS AS SPECTATOR SPORT Abe Yanofsky of Winnipeg, top right, sees his moves take on a large-as-life effect on this 80-foot board. The chess game, complete with the human pieces, was a Manitoba Centennial event at Morden, Man. Mr. Yanofsky defeated his opponent, Mark Shulman, lower right, in the unique match. Poivurs Lawyers HALIFAX (CP) A group of eminent lawyers were told Tuesday not to get exalted opin- ions about their law-making powers. R. A. Donalioe, the outspoken attorney-general of Nova Scotia, used a string ot baseball-playing metaphors to put down a panel at the Canadian Bar Association which had been discussing the work of various law-reform commissions in Canada. "God forbid that we ever have an elite professional group making laws for this he told a panel that included Da'vie Fulton, chairman of the British Columbia Law Reform Commission, and various other provincial and university lumi- naries. Mr. Donalioe, summing up after the panel discussion, re- marked that the panelists had spoke of "batting averages" to describe their efforts to push government into change. People involved with law-re- form lawyers as a come to bat, he said. It was the politician who was at the plate, facing the public. "I'm not even sure that they are in the ball he said, referring to the commissions and lawyers. "Jf they are, maybe they're the coaches on the sidelines. "Or maybe they're the pitch- ers. They throw the long curves and somebody else has to make the hits and the errors." He also warned that there is a danger in going too far in law reform or in being loo permis- sive. Law and order had their merits. "Let's not get carried away with the demands for reform from people who have no regard for moral values and ethical standards. "These are people whose sole desire is to destroy the system without substituting a plausible alternative." 300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX ATHENS (Reuters) Con- stantine Nicolopoulos, one of the three Greek publishers of the Athens newspaper Ethnos, today had a three-year prison sentence s u s p e n d e d for six months because of ill health. A court martial last April sentenced a former cabinet min- ister, loannis Zigdis, the two ed- itors and three publishers of the liberal paper Ethnos to prisoi terms ranging from 13 months to five years on charges o spreading false rumors likely to cause alarm and despondency among Greeks. Nicolopoulos, 48, became il and was several times trans ferred from a prison near Pi raeus to a.i Athens hospital for treatment. Murder Trial Recessed LOS AN G.ELES (AP) Susan Atkins, one of the defend- ants in the Sharon Tate murder trial, suffers from an ovarian cyst, her lawyer says, and it could delay court proceedings two weeks. Daye Shinn, who is defending Miss Atkins, said Monday the 21-year-old woman has had the cyst since 1968. The trial was recessed Friday when Miss Atkins complained of pains in her side' and abdomen. Doctors declared her fit for trial but when she complained again Monday, Judge Charles H. Older recessed the trial and or- dered a second examination. Older said Shinn told him that if surgery is required, Miss At- kins would be out of court two weeks. Brigades To Be Deactivated SAIGON (AP) The U.S. 199th Light Infantry Brigade and the 3rd Brigade of the 9th Infantry Division are being deactivated within the next six weeks as part of the American troop reduction in South Viet- nam, informed sources dis- closed tonight. The disbanding of the two units, which helped defend Sai- gon during the Communists' 1903 Tet offensive, will reduce American strength by about men. The brigades are the first major combat units being pulled out in the fourth phase of Presi- dent Nixon's withdrawal pro- gram. That phase will reduce authorized American troop strength in Vietnam to by Oct. 15. Dick Gregory Turned Away CANBERRA (Reuters) The Australian immigration depart- ment today confirmed that Dick Gregory, American black come- dian and ardent campaigner against United States involve- ment in Indochina, has been refused a visa to enter Aus- tralia. Reviving Ministery MOSCOW (Reuters) The Soviet government. announced Tuesday it is reviving its minis- try of which Nikila Khrushchev abolished 14 years ago. The Soviet Supreme Court and the offices of the public prosecutor have been in charge of Soviet legal life since the ab- olition of the ministry in 1956. The department declined to give details. Earlier, organizers of Austral- ian anti-war rallies said Greg- ory had been refused permis- sion to enter Australia to ad- dress the meetings. TWO TU01IY TWINS CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) Five-year-old twins Toni and Tracy Tuohy are enrolled in a kindergarten class with Terry and Tanya Tuohy, five-year-old twins. Toni and Tracy are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Don- ald Tuohy. Terry and Tanya are Lhe son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tuohy. The fami- lies are not related. 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