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Minneapolis anti-union fighter to be honored as fallen deputy

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis executive who was killed in a 1934 scuffle with union workers has been added to a law enforcement officers' memorial, a decision that doesn't sit well with some labor historians.

C. Arthur Lyman was part of the Citizens Alliance, a group of employers that fought Minneapolis unions for 30 years. When police called for help in controlling a truckers' strike, Lyman signed up as a special deputy.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says the 44-year-old got clubbed in the head and died of a fractured skull.

Lisa Kiava of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says Lyman was a deputy killed in the line of duty, so he deserves the honor.

But labor historian Hy Berman says it wasn't his duty. Berman says Lyman volunteered for ideological reasons.


Information from: Star Tribune,