Chicago Police 'Brutality' Hit By Newsmen
CHICAGO (UPI) - News media representatives yesterday besieged Police Supt. James B. Conlisk with protests over the beating of reporters covering police crackdowns on Yippies and antiwar protesters during the Democratic National Convention here.
At least 14 newsmen were beaten, clubbed, kicked, cursed and threatened by policemen in two nights.
Executives from 15 news organizations met with police officials to discuss the charges of police brutality.
After the meeting, a four-point plan to protect newsmen was announced. Conlisk also promised to investigate the Sunday night assault of a Newsweek reporter who later identified his assailant.
The Chicago headline Club, a chapter of Sigma Delta Chi journalistic society and the largest newsmen's group in the state, filed a complaint with Conlisk "protesting the alleged assault by Chicago police."
Officers of the AFL-CIO Chicago Newspaper Guild filed a complaint to protest the "wave of insane, vicious assaults on its members and other newsmen."
The Guild demanded that "the superintendent of police command members of the Chicago Police Department to obey the laws they are sworn to enforce and to cease unprovoked attacks on newsmen."
PAPERS JOIN PROTEST
Chicago's American, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, the Columbia Broadcasting System, National Broadcasting system, National Broadcasting Co. and the American Broadcasting Co. also filed complaints.
Conlisk ordered an investigation of the incidents by the department's internal inspection division. Capt. Raymond Clark, director or the inspection unit, said his group was investigating reports that policemen removed name tags.