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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 312« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of D. V. Harkness)

Mr. Belin.
At that time, had the building been sealed off yet when you told him that?
Mr. Harkness.
At that time?
Mr. BELIN. When you told Inspector Sawyer that you had a witness that said the shot came from the building, up to that particular moment, had the front part of the building been sealed off yet?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
It had already been sealed off?
Mr. Harkness.
There .was two officers with Inspector Sawyer at the front.
Mr. Belin.
Were they stopping people from going in and out?
Mr. Harkness.
I don't know.
Mr. Belin.
You don't know?

Mr. HARKNESS. No, sir; I don't know that, because I didn't go up and talk to them.
Mr. BELIN. Did you notice whether or not people were coming in and out of the building?
Mr. Harkness.
No. I was interested in getting around to the back of the building to make sure it was.
Mr. Belin.
Then am I correct that your testimony is that you didn't notice whether people were coming in and out? Did you notice, or did you not notice whether people were coming out of the building at that time?
Mr. Harkness.
Several officers at the area, and it was a lot of people around. I don't know whether they were going in or out or not. I couldn't say that.
Mr. Belin.
Then you went around to the back of the building?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Was anyone around in the back when you got there?
Mr. Harkness.
There were some Secret Service agents there. I didn't get them identified. They told me they were Secret Service.
Mr. Belin.
Then did you say around the back of the building?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes; I stayed at the back until the squad got there.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you do?

Mr. HARKNESS. I went back to the front, and Inspector Sawyer---helped get the crowd back first, and then Inspector Sawyer assigned me to some freight cars that were leaving out of the yard, to go down and search all freight cars that were leaving the yard.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you do?
Mr. Harkness.
Well, we got a long freight that was in there, and we pulled some people off of there and took them to the station.
Mr. Belin.
You mean some transients?
Mr. Harkness.
Tramps and hoboes.
Mr. Belin.
That were on the freight car?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you do?
Mr. Harkness.
That was all my assignment, because they shook two long freights down that were leaving, to my knowledge, in all the area there.
We had several officers working in that area.
Mr. BELIN. Do you know whether or not anyone found any suspicious people of any kind or nature down there in the railroad yard
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir. We made some arrests, I put some people in.
Mr. Belin.
Were these what you call hoboes or tramps?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Were all those questioned?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir; they were taken to the station and questioned.
Mr. Belin.
Any guns of any kind found?
Mr. HARKNESS'. Not to my knowledge.

Mr. BELIN. I want to go back to this Amos Euins. Do you remember what he said to you and what you said to him when you first saw him?
Mr. HARKNESS. I went in that crowd up there near the area there, and asked did anyone see any place where the shots come from, and there was an unidentified person pointed to him, said this boy here saw it, saw the shots, where the shots came from, and he told me it was.
Mr. BELIN. Then what did he say?
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