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City Police Officer Fired After Hearing

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An Ann Arbor patrolman, suspended last month in connection with an assault on a 17-year-old girl, has been fired. Officer James Schantz was relieved of duty in early June by Pólice Chief Walter E. Krasny after Dolly Richardson of 4 Kilbrennan Ct, filed a complaint against him. Miss Richardson said scnantz strucK her several times when she attempted to leave an interview room at pólice quarters. She was being questioned about a house larceny at the time. She later was released. Unofficial reports of the incident indicate the dispute in the interview room began when Miss Richardson asked for a cigarette and that request was denied. Witnesses say the young woman then got up and began pulling on a door of the interview room. Schantz at that point intervened and, in the struggle which followed, Miss Richardson was struck. A relative of the girl said Miss Richardson was also kicked in the head after she was knocked down. She declined medical attention at the time but reportedly was taken to a doctor the day after the incident. Schantz appeared last week before a departmental trial board requested by the Ann Arbor Pólice Officers Association H when testimony in the incident was heard. A finding was made and a recommendation passed on to Krasny. This morning the chief discharged Schantz. The officer had been with the department as a patrolman for three years. Krasny said Schantz has the right to appeal the discharge to City Administrator Guy C. Larcom Jr. Larcom said late this morning the case has not been officially brought to his attention for action.