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Harvey: "this Is My Territory"

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
November
Year
1972
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The latest, and perhaps the last, Harvey episode began the night of Nov. 7 at the Ramada Inn n Ann Arbor where Harvey and his supporters gathered to listen to election returns. By 11 p.m. the radio broadcasters had made it dear that Oemoeiat Fred Postill was steamrollng to victory over Harvey, the AIP candidate. (See election story, page IJ Tiny Hughes, a WNRZ deejay covering the party, reported that Harvey "was not quite drunk" when an Ann Arbor pólice crew showed up at Ramade Inn to raid a poker game down the hall from Harvey's party. Harvey barged out of the party when he saw the cops, Hughes said, and stood jawto-jaw with the crew leader, berating him for ntruding on what Harvey claimed was "my territory." "Don't teil me how to run my county, you dumb bastards. Get out of here and leave me alone, l'm still top dog here," Harvey howled at the Ann Arbor cops. Suddenly a brief brawl broke out between severa! off-duty deputies who had surrounded Harvey and the Ann Arbor pólice. Both sides shoved and punched at the other. No one was hurt. But one longhaired dude, a Harvey supporter was dragged by his hair to the floor by some of Harvey's deputies who apparently did not realize he was on their side. Finally the law enforcement agencies agreed to jointly raid the motel room. Once inside, Harvey again tried to take charge, slamming a black brother against the wall, handcuffing him and calling him a "nigger." In all, 12 poker players were arrested. The next day all 12 were released, without being charged. By the next morning, however, Harvey had found other targets for his revenge. Grouchy from a hangover, Harvey bumped nto Carol Compton as he walked nto the jail. "You're f red. Get out and don't come back," he yelled at Compton, a matron and secretarv n the sheriff's department. Then Harvey demoted Lt. Thomas Dorrance and Sgt. Richard Coppernoll to the rank of "civilian employees" and confiscated all their equipment, including their guns. Both were stripped of all authority. Harvey then stormed out of his office, squealed away in a county car and headed north to go "hunting." For what, no one seems to know.