Posts Tagged ‘police raids’

“The lesbian and gay community has been particularly susceptible to random “picking off,” a form of terrorism that makes […] a particularly effective deterrent to above-ground organizing. Bars frequented by lesbians and gay men have always been subjected to police raids where customers are beaten up by recreational pugilists who lie in wait for their gay prey. To many lesbian and gay organizers (particularly middle-class ones with greater access to private spaces, such as apartments) bars were bad for the lesbian/gay community because they encouraged alcoholism. Bars have promoted destructive individual patterns, but even in the largest cities entering a lesbian or gay bar is an act of self-declaration, and a necessary social focus for lesbians or gay men who have nowhere else to meet.

Bars and baths have been particularly subject to fires, a bizarre hazard wrought by the inadequacy of rundown facilities. Like the media image of black rioters in the 1960s who were portrayed as self-destructively burning their own ghettos, local media hype the angle that disgruntled customers or just crazy lesbian/gays have burned up their own spaces. Within the criminal justice system, lesbians/gays are labeled firebugs, vindictive and vicious people who attack their own community.

Persistent media images (including the controversial movie Cruising) make much of the supposedly “repressed” or self-hating gay man and his potential for destroying other gay men. Society is not blamed for driving gay men crazy, and lesbians and gay men, presumably programmed for self-destruction, are imagined to be doing each other in. […] The lesbian/gay community fights back against disasters perpetrated by negligence or active attack with a veritable “Red Cross” volunteer effort. When gay or lesbian churches, bars, or other establishments have been destroyed, furniture, food, money, clothing, and solace appear without even a request, with the donations coming from all segments of the community. There is a regenerative quality to lesbian and gay “institutions” that transcends the physical space. Amy Hoffman, speaking on behalf of Boston’s Gay Community News after their 1982 fire — set by a ring of ex-firemen from Boston — summed up the ethos of community: “We still have ourselves.”

Lesbians and gay men know that, like any marginal community, theirs is at the mercy of property-owners who would be happy to cash in their insurance policy at their expense. Yet, the image of self-destruction that is part of every U.S. lesbian and gay man’s socialization makes each “victim” wonder whether one of “us” may have done it.”

— Cindy Patton, Sex and Germs: The Politics of AIDS (1985), Ch. 11

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“Dom. Police To Stand Trial On Robbery Charge,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 08.

Officers Attached to Local Squad Out on $1,500 Bail Each

The preliminary trials of W. H. Good and F. W. Thompson, Dominion Police stationed at Sudbury and charged with robbing three Austrians of the sum of $95 on the evening of Friday, August 2, were heard in Sudbury police court Wednesday morning and afternoon. Magistrate Brodie, after hearing the crown`s witnesses committed the prisoners to stand trial at the next jury sitting of the Supreme Court, December 2nd. Bail was fixed at $1,500 for each prisoner, $1,000 of their own recognizance, and two sureties of $500 each. Charles Taylor, of Sudbury, is the bondsman. The officers have been suspended from the service.

The first witness to tesity, Evan Slobodan, an Austrian, a laborer on the C.P.R., living in a boarding car, indentified the prisoners, saying that they were the men who on Friday, August 2, came to his car about six o`clock, and started to look through his belongings. When asked to show their badge the policemen did so. Officer Good then felt his pockets and told him to lay his belt on the table, the belt containing a bank book and $140, after which Good told him to show him the contents of his grip at the other end of the car. In the meantime Thompson was counting over the money in the belt. At this juncture, according to the evidence, Good picked up a dagger on the table and asked the Austrian for his papers, but before he could produce them the officers left the car. Slobodian immediately counted his money and discovered that two ten dollar bills and four five dollar bills, $40 in all, was missing. About nine o’clock he complained to the police and accompanied them until the accused were found in Taylor’s pool room.

L. Ardrechich, another witness, in giving evidence said he was stopped by the Dominion policemen in the same care, but that after making him take off his belt and counting the money they handed it all back to him. Asked by the Crown if he was asked for any papers, witness stated that he was not. The only thing that the officers had told him was that he would have to appear in court for having so much money on him. After Good and Thompson left the car he knew nothing more of the happenings until a constable told him to come down to the police station. That was about nine o’clock the same evening.

Steve Dedick looks after the lights on the switches in the C.P.R. yards and claimed to have seen accused come out of one of the boarding cars. He met the officers and was told to put up his hands, and while Thompson was searching him, Good put handcuffs on him. They then told him to take them to the car. Upon reaching the car Thompson took the money out of his pocket and then he was told to unlock the car door. On arriving inside the car, Good asked Dedick to show him his valise, and it was while searching this that Good told Thompson to take $40 out of teh $70 they had taken from Dedik’s pocket. Witness was told to be in the car at 11 o’clock that night as he would have to appear in court, but when they went outside he was told that if he would give ten dollars more it wouldn’t be necessary to appear in court. Witness made no complaint and said nothing about the incident until about ten o’clock Friday night, when a constable came for him and asked him to go to the police station, when he saw Good and Thompson.

The court then adjourned until two o’clock in the afternoon when Metro Cosczuk, another witness, also identified the prisoners as the men he had seen when he entered Dedik’s car on Friday last. Witness said the officers felt his pockets and asked him if he had any knives or guns and after being told that he hadn’t, they told him to stay in the car until they got out.

Steve Maszuk’s story did not throw any new light on the affair other than he had $75 on his person, but was not searched. Before the accused left, they asked him if he knew if any of his partners had any guns or knives.

Sergt. Short testified that about nine o’clock on August 2, Solbodian came to the police station and laid a complaint that he had been robbed and described the men. A search was started and at the post office corner he met constable White and instructed him to go with Slobodian and search the hotels and pool rooms, after which the witness went up to the C.P.R. station. It was while at the C.P.R. station with Chief Brown that constable White had made an arrest. On his return to the police station Sergt. Scott assisted Chief Brown search Good and Thompson. They found $94.75 on the former, and a revolvver, and $4.00 on the latter. Handcuffs were also found on both men.

Constable White told of meeting Sergt. Scott and being told to search the various pool rooms and hotels and told how Slobodian had picked out the prisoners in Taylor’s pool room.

Chief Brown stated that he was present when the search of the prisoners was made and that when he asked them where they got the money, Good replied that it was his pay as a Dominion policeman and some pension money.               

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“Hold-up Last Night In the C.P.R. Yards,” Sudbury Star. August 3, 1918. Page 01.

About six o’clock Friday night two men entered the boarding car at the C.P.R. coal yard and held up three Austrians at the point of a revolver and relieved them of $50, $40 and $5 respectively, making their getaway.

The Austrians communicated with the police and about 10 o’clock P. C. White arrested W. H. Good and F. W. Thompson, two Dominion policemen in a pool room while engaged in a game of pool.

When charged with robbery on Saturday morning in the police court the two men pleaded not guilty, and were remanded till Monday morning.

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“‘Big Push’ Has Begun On The Drug Habit,” Toronto Star. July 28, 1916. Page 14.

Three Cases Were Tried To-Day and Two Jail Farm Sentences Given.


One of Those Charged Said Dead Mother Had Owned Paraphernalia

From the fact that three cases of alleged illegal use of morphine and other related opiates followed each other in the Police Court calendar to-day, it would appear that the police had begun to start their ‘big push’ against the ‘coke’ traffic, which recent convictions would seem to prove was waxing as the liquor traffic waned.

An elaborate outfit, consisting of hypodermic needles, syringes, a pair of scales and a quantity of morphine sulphate, approximating to 60 grains, formed substantial evidence against Harry Fontroy. Plainclothesmen Scott and Neill testified to having found the foregoing line-up in Fontroy’s possession and to have caught him in the act of injecting the illegal drug in his arm.

The young man, who has both African and Chinese blood in his veins, claimed that he had been cured of the habit. ‘That outfit belonged to my mother, who died two weeks ago. I found it in her drawer,’ he pleaded. Inspector Geddes disproved this claim by quoting a statement which the young man had made to him. He had admitted that he was ‘tapering off with 30 grains a day.’

‘The last time he appeared on this charge he was given leniency on the understanding that he inform the police the source of his illegal supplies. He has not done this.’ said Mr. Corley. Col. Denison committed him to the jail farm for five months.

‘Coke’ Vendor Jailed.
In addition to the foregoing charge, that of having morphine in his possession for other than medicinal purposes, had coupled against him the police claim that he had sold the drug.

In his possession had been found some dozen packages of both cocaine and morphine which Drake had acknowledged he had been in the habit of selling for a dollar a package.

‘This man, I hear, has been taking from 30 to 40 grains a day,’ said the Crown Attorney.

‘He has had consumption for the last eight or nine years,’ his wife stated in explanation of his drug habit.

‘I am curing him slowly,’ she added.

Drake also goes to the jail farm for a five-month ‘cure.’ In the woman’s court Tillie Evans faced with the same charge received a remand for a week.

Proof Enough.
The actions of Isaac Gilbert spoke louder than his words in proving the charge of drunkeness and disorderliness alleged against him. Eveidence showed that he endeavored to take on six feet two of solid constanbulary muscle, and in addition ‘lick the whole street.’

‘You must have been very drunk,’ sighed the squire. An added count against him was his association with a team of horses. The squire felt grieved that the noble animals had to witness such an orgy of inebriation. Remanded for sentences.

Quick Work.
One minute sufficed to change Jerry Long from a prisoner in the dock with a long and substantial record of drunkeness into laborer with the prospect of two months’ healthy toil ahead. Squire Ellis merely looked at Long and knew that his record resembled his name. Twnety dollars and costs or sixty days.

Got the Habit.
Jeremiah Flaherty has the polishing habit. He, according to his own statement, polishes off brass in the day time, and according to the constable, polishes off drinks in quick succession at night. Yesterday he appeared on the same charge. It was but a little drop ‘for his stomach’s sake,’ he claimed. Remanded for sentence.

As both Sandy Jaegar and John Jacobson with one accord disclaimed responsibility for the hostilities in whcih they were found engaged, the court presumed that it must have been the heat of a case of spontaneous combustion. Police evidence, however, tended to show that Jacobson had figured prominently, both at the start and the finish. He was fined $2 and costs or ten days.

‘Pinched’ a Pom.
That Daniel J. O’Shea should consider a pomeranian dog worth the trouble of annexing, appeared rather strange to Col. Denison when O’Shea pleaded guilty to the offence. The owner placed the value at over $10. ‘I consider dogs worth about ten cents gross,’ interjected his Worship. ‘The man stole the dog and sold it to a Mr. Walters for $10,’ explained the Crown Attorney. ‘Mr. Walters subsequently saw the animal advertised for, and at once communicated with the police. O’Shea, who had ‘blown in’ the proceeds of his act, was remanded one week for sentence, on the understanding that restitution would be made. Pinky Pankey Poo was permitted to meander home with his mistress.

Poetry and Prose.
Frank Martin’s poetry, prose and actions are equally bad, according to Squire Ellis’ ruling after a perusal of all. On a grimy car the alleged poet submitted the following:

‘To-day a poor cripple appeales for your aid.
Don’t turn with a sneer or a frown,
For God in His Mercy is the only one knows
When a loved one of yours will go down.’

The prose followed.

‘Price – Please give what you wish.’

His actions, described by himself, were living an exemplary life, and the brisk bartering of many pencils, described by several feminine witnesses, they consist of the exploitation of the grimy quatrain, a fond pressure of the hand, and the claim that he was a wounded warrior back from the war. – $50 and costs or six months.

Not content with the profit pouring into the coffers of his ice-cream soda fountain by reason of the weatherman’s climbing thermometer, Dragutin Radinrobitch, according to the police, ran a sideline in the form of a gambling den. The charge alleged that he permitted these quiet numbers round the table in his ice-cream parlors. Four guilty – $20 and costs or 30 days.

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“Toronto Holdups Laid To Three Youths,” Globe and Mail. July 27, 1939. Page 13.

Police Squads Make Arrests In Two Raids

Young Men Identified by Victims in Lineup at Station

John Kelly, Charles Long and John Losse Are Nabbed

The arrest yesterday of three youths on charges of armed robbery, theft, and illegal possession of firearms ended the extensive five-day investigation into at least three of the recent drug stores holdups in Toronto and East York.

Also taken into custody and later released were three girls, none more than 20 years of age, who were, the police said, with the suspects when squads of detectives, augmented by East York Police, simultaneously raided two downtown rooming-houses.

The three charged are: John Kelly, 23, of Matilda Street; John Losee, 21, and Charles Long, 21, both of Pembroke Street.

Kelly is charged with the armed robbery of a drug store on Eglinton Avenue at midnight Sunday, and the other two with holding up two East York drug stores. Charges of stealing an automobile and a set of license markers were also laid against Losee and Long.

Two Men Injured.
Both these men bore marks of injuries. The car driven by two men who held up Fred Sadlier’s drug store in East York last Friday was completely wrecked when it crashed into a tree. The police linked the hurts with the accident which followed the holdup with which the men are charged. Long may have a fractured shoulder and his companion is bruised.

Kelly was caught in his rooming-house on Matilda Street, where the police believe he hid a revolver in the water reservoir. A nickel-plated revolver was recovered by Sergeant of Detectives John Hicks and Detective John Nimmo. Kelly is charged with the illegal possession of the gun.

Identified in Lineup.
At the same time, Detective-Sergeant William McAllister, Detectives John Scott and William French kicked in the door of a room in a house on Pembroke Street and arrested Long. In another room Losee was arrested.

Chief Inspector of Detectives John Chisholm and Chief Constable Ernest Old of East York both expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of the city and suburban forced in tracking down the supsects. The three men were identified in a lineup at Police Headquarters yesterday afternoon. Four other victims of holdups during the past week viewed the suspects, but were unable to identity them, it was learned.

Later, after the three youths, manacled together, were removed to the cells; the girls were released.

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“Do Young Finns Destroy Papers To Evade M.S.A.?” Sudbury Star. May 4, 1918. Page 05.

Canadian Naturalization Papers Rare in This District.

It is the general belief in official circles here that many young men of foreign birth, other than aliens, have destroyed their Canadian naturalization papers to evade military service. Since the advent of conscription the experience of the police has been that a naturalization paper is a very rare thing, and a raid on Finland Hall, Copper Cliff, Wednesday evening, only served to strengthen the belief already held. None of the young men of military age questioned by the police had naturalization papers, despite the fact that hundreds were taken out in this district prior to the war.

The raid was made by the Dominion police, assisted by some members of the municipal and company force. A show was in progress when the police entered at 9.40 and the appearance of the officers caused so much consternation that the performance was abruptly stopped. Every male in the hall was questioned while all exits were guarded. Nine young men who had no papers whatever were taken into custody. In police court they were fined $1 and costs each for a contravention of section 16 of the M.S.A. in not having the necessary papers to assure their identity. Meanwhile the men who were fined have secured affidavits as to their nationality.

A Real Haymaker.
Nora Laroche, a Creighton woman of middle age and hefty proportions, handed K.


, her landlord, a regular ‘haymaker’ the other day following an argument. The blow, or blows, were reinforced by a drinking glass and it required five stitches to repair Acquino. Nora wanted to have a dance in her apartment, but the landlord refused, saying the floor was unsafe. This started the fracas. She was fined $10 and costs.

He Stole Liquor.
The eagle eye of Mrs. A. Delavadova, of Creighton Mine, even at 2 a.m. in the morning, detected a shadow near the chicken coup and this was where the liquor was kept ‘to keep it out of sight of the children.’ The mysterious form moved stealthily, entered the chicken coup, placed 34 bottles in a bag and departed. He was followed, however, and seen to plant his feet under soome camouflage. Next morning, however, a search revealed only nine bottles, while three empties were found at Enrico’s house. He was sentenced to three months at Burwash.

Expensive Drinks
Three of the young Finlanders taken in the raid on Finland Hall Wednesday evening were intoxicated. They admitted drinking liquor in a public place and each paid a fine of $200 and costs.

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“Evidence Heard in Trial of Finns,” Sudbury Star. January 11, 1919. Page 04.

Charges Against Three Men of Having Banned Literature Keep Police Court Busy.

The trial of Henry Toivonen, John Wurta, Copper Cliff, and Victor Salo, Creighton Mine, on charges of having in their possession objectionable literature, contrary to certain orders-in-council, engaged the attention of Magistrate Stoddart in police court on Thursday and Friday. The evidence in the three cases was completed last evening, and judgement reserved until the arguments for the Crown and the defence are heard on Tuesday next M. G. M. Miller acted for the Crown, J. A. Mulligan and A. D. Meldrum for the accused men, and George Holm, Toronto, as official translator for the Government.

Arrested In General Round-Up
The three men were arrested by Chief Clark on Sunday, October 20th, on which date arrests were made throughout the country by order of the Department of Justice at Ottawa. In the homes of accused were found a number of books, pamphlets, and periodicals in the Finnish language, paragraphs being found in these which were contrary to the orders-in-council passed at different times during 1918. The books, etc., were sent to Ottawa for translation.

Accused Admit Guilt
A feature of the trials of both days was the admission by the accused that they had some of the books and other literature in their possession, although ignorance of certain of the orders-in-council was claimed. The well-distributed book, ‘Bolsheviki and the World Peace,’ was found in the possession of one of the men, while the rest of the seizure included many books, calendars, and pamphlets in the Finnish language.

Aroused Much Interest.
As in Sudbury on three days this week, the trials aroused much interest among local Finns, the court room being crowded all the time. A number of prominent Finns from Sudbury and other parts of the districts were in attendance. 

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