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City-Wide Police Drive Continues

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, November 29, 1922: In an effort to check a crime wave in the city, squads of detectives in automobiles, assisted by squads of plain clothes officers, continued the roundup today of “highjackers,” “bootleggers,” and suspicious characters that began yesterday following “cleanup” orders by Mayor Lew Shank and police chief Herman Rikhoff. Most of the poolrooms and dry drink places were deserted today, the loafers and “crooks” having scurried for cover when word of the police cleanup began circulating. Sixty suspected criminals taken into custody yesterday afternoon and night are being questioned at police headquarters, and several are suspected of being responsible for some of the recent holdups of rum runners and auto parties on the county roads. The mayor said the roundup would continue “until every darned bum and bojack in Indianapolis is under arrest.”


“City-Wide Police Drive Continues,” The Indianapolis News, 29 November 1922, p. 1:6


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