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Weathermen, Police Scuffle in Cambridge

By Jeff Magalif

Weathermen and policemen engaged in a shoving match yesterday afternoon outside Cambridge police headquarters. Five Weathermen were arrested on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and of disturbing the peace.

The trouble began at 12:45 p. m., after Weatherman leader Eric M. Mann arrived at headquarter to give himself up to the police. A group of Weathermen had been waiting for him outside the headquarters.

Police took Mann into the building immediately without allowing him to read a statement he had prepared. They prevented the other Weathermen from entering the building and tried to disperse them. About ten minutes of shoving followed.

The five Weathermen arrested were Mark S. Gedal, William L. Geogran, Philip C. Nies, Henry A. Olson, and James H. Reeves. They will stand trial December 3 in Cambridge's Third District Court.

Two Bullets

These five and Mann are among 24 Weathermen charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an incident on November 8 in which two bullets were fired through a window of the police headquarters. All 24 face a probable cause hearing on the conspiracy charge November 28 in Third District Court.

Mann surrendered to the police yesterday on four counts stemming from the November 8 incident-conspiracy to commit murder, assault with intent to commit murder, promotion of anarchy, and threatening.

The other 23 were arrested Monday night in raids by the Cambridge police. They posted bond after their arraignment Tuesday afternoon, and most were present outside police headquarters yesterday.

CFIA and Boston English

Mann and five of the 23 other Weathermen will stand trial next Wednesday in Third District Court on charges stemming from the disruption of Harvard's Center for International Affairs on September 25. The five are Nies, Olson, Reeves, Susan Hagedorn, and Jill H. Wattenburg.

Maan, Nies, Olson, and Reeyes were found guilty earlier this month in Roxbury Municipal Court of assault and battery charges stemming from a disruption of Boston English High School on October 1. That decision will be appealed in Suffolk County Superior Court.

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