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City Police Accused
City Police Accused
Item IDEgyptian19680710City.tif
TitleCity Police Accused
AuthorBy Inez Rencher
DescriptionBlacks Charge Ill-Treatment
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1968 July 10
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptCity Police Accused

Blacks Charge Ill-Treatment

By Inez Rencher

A group of concerned black adulta has decided to work through the Carbondale chapter of the National ABfloclatlon for the Advancement of Colored People CO bring to public attention alleged ill-treatment of blacks by the city policemen.
An informal mooting Manday night in the basement of the Rockhill Baptist Church was called to ascertain facts in recent Incidents of what the group said they felt was unjust and unqualified treatment of blacks by policemen.
They planned to"search for a solution and try to avert any further incidents without racial violence, "
Elbert Simon, director of the Carbondale Employment and Resource Center, reported two incidents in the past four weeks which he said fihowed on the part of policemen "no roepect whatever as far as black people are concerned."
He said each time such acts are brought to the attention of an officer in charge at the police department or at city hall, apologies are offered.
"The time is out for apologies, " Simon told the group, "I fear that pretty soon with these untrained, racist policemen running around, somobody's going to get hurt—even killed, "
A second meeting is planned for next week with officials of the NAACP. The Rev Lenus Turley, pastor of the Rockhill Baptist Church, who moderated the meeting, will announce later in the week the time and date of the next meeting.
Rev. Turley tentatively urged written allegations of blacks who say they have been intimidated by police to be presented to the Merit Board and/or to the City Council. Formal plans of action will bo discussed at the next meeting.
police Chief Jack Hazel, who is not in Carbondale this week, said recently that the relationship of the police department with the black section of town is "not as good as it is in the otlher sections of town."
Hazel said the police force lacks communication with a "certain" group of young blacks.
The subject of police relations with the blacks in Carbondale was brought up by Simon at a recent committee meeting of the state Human Relations Commission, An investigation was promised at
that time, but no report of any such investigation has been made yet,
"Our department is always willing to cooperate with any effort, " Mazel said about the possibility of investigation or meeting with residents.
He added, however, "Our department enforces the law and we're not going to relax on the law to get along with any group, "
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