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Police Night Bring "dum-dum" Ban

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While none of the Human Rights Party resolutions to limit pólice powers passed the law and order Republican City Council, the Ann Arbor Pólice Officers' Association voluntarily agreed to end the use of "dum-dum" or hollow point bullets Hollow point bullets, which do twice as much damage to humans as regular bullets were banned by the Geneva Convention in 194C). While no longer allowed fot warfare, local pólice uniis around the country have routinely been using them. A recent campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union has ended the practico in some communities, and several suits are now in progress across the nation against these bullets. Locally, pólice were not routinely issued hollow point bullets. but were able to purchase them witli tlieir ammunition allowance. City Administrator Sylvestej Murray announced at the March 17 Councfl Meeting that the pólice unión had voluntarily agreed to write the limitation against hollow points into tlieir contract with the city. Once the voluntary agreement was announced, Council Republicans refused to consider a resolution to make the practice permanent, or an ordinance to ban the sale of hollow points anywhere in Ann Arbor. Several other HRP pólice proposals also went down to defeat, with Republicans claiming the pólice were doing a-fine job and should not be limited in doing their lawfuj duties. The most important proposal would have prohibit ted Ann Arbor participation in the Washtenaw Area Narcotics Team (WANT), the undercover nark squad controlled by the State Pólice. WANT has concentrated on marijuana and small users, rather than going after the big pushers. These abuses, revealed by the SUN in past issues, led to the HRP resolution. GOP Council members refused to support the pullout.