Chicago police links to rackets studied

CHICAGO, March 4, 1929 (UP) -- Belief that the powerful forces of gangland have stretched tentacles into the innermost councils of the Police Department was voiced by the investigators for the state's attorney's office today, after incomplete verification of the suspicion that some members of the police force were allied with crime.

Edward Coleman, for seven years a patrolman, confessed that he had shot Michael Bugario, racketeer, because he feared Bugario would reveal the patrolman's part in an auto theft ring. Bugario was "taken for a ride" Saturday night.


The patrolman said he had been working with Bugario for several years, giving "tips" regarding automobiles which could be stolen. Bugario was trapped and demanded $500 to fight prosecution on a charge of violating the Dyer act.

Coleman said he needed money and was lured into the game because it looked easy. Then when Bugario threatened to confess the whole affair, Coleman shot him.

The state's attorney's office has been striving to establish whether two members of the firing squad, which committed gangland's first wholesale massacre two weeks ago, were members of the police force or whether they were gangsters in police uniform.

David Stansbury, assistant state's attorney in charge of the investigation, declared he is convinced the men were policemen.

It is believe now the gangsters have spies who are so close to police activities they are able to obtain information regarding even the most secret moves.

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