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An interesting debate over Aid. Cady's resolution investigating the marshal's office took place in the council meeting Monday night. The resolution callexi for the nurnber of arrests made, the parties arrested. fees and unes received, and tlie amount paid to city offieers and to county officers, the number of arrests by the city offlcers where warrants were returned by the county officers. This information was to be furnished by the clerk in a tabulated sta'ement and by a committee of the council. Aid. Brown objected to the resolution on the ground that it was not only designed to put Judson in a hole but the city marshal in a hole also, and he believed the marshal had made a very efficiënt officer. As a democrat he bebelieved all the charges brought against Judson and more too. But he did not want to cast retlections on an efficiënt pólice officer who was doing bis duty. The council once before had listened to foolish reports about the city marshal and a justice of the peace, who were entirely exonerated, ana he was ashamed of that action. As f ar as he was concerned he was not going to let a few nonsensical remarks trom a paper of the stripe of the Register, whose editor had it in for Billy Judson, force him to do an injustice to a com petent officer. Ann Arbor never had a pólice officer who had not had reports circulated against him and he thought it beneath the dignity of the council to give a moment's consideration to the petty spleen of a 2-cent newspaper. Marshal Sweet explained his actions and said his office was open at all times to inspection. He did not regard the pólice department as a money making institution, but one to secure the enforcement of the laws. Aid. Cady said he did not wish to cast any reflectionson the city marshal who he believed would be exonerated if an investigation were made. He was pleased with Sweefs conduct and had nothing against him personaUy. From the talk on the street, oowever, he thought there was matter for investigation. The clerk had told him it would not take long to get the informHtinn. Aid. Brown objected to taking any time for an investigation which was only demanded by a 2-cent newspaper. Aid. Hamilton wanted the privileges of the floor to be granted to editor Moran, who was present. Aid. Brown demanded that no outsider be permitted to come in and instruct the council, which was able to take care of its own arïairs. Aid. Koch said he did not take any stock in the remarks made by every oaf er on the streets, whom it was necessary to take the law on. Every ninn in the marshal's position would make enemies. The resolution was defeated by a vote of 8 to 5.


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