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Wife of IOC Vice President Charged With Battery of Police Officer

August 1, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ The wife of a powerful International Olympic Committee vice president was arrested and charged with kneeing a police officer who stopped her for jaywalking.

Julie Pound, wife of Dick Pound of Canada, the chairman of the IOC’s coordination panel for the Atlanta Games and the committee’s top marketing official, was released without bail shortly after being charged early Wednesday.

She faces a court hearing Aug. 26.

Officer Leanne Browning said the Pounds were jaywalking across Williams Street downtown about 12:30 a.m., and refused repeated instructions to return to the curb.

The officer said Mrs. Pound used obscenities and walked off.

``At that point to prevent her from leaving the scene I grabbed her arm and told her she was under arrest,″ Browning said in her report.

Mrs. Pound again called her an obscene name ``and kneed me in the groin,″ Browning wrote. ``J. Pound began screaming `Help me this officer is brutalizing me.′

``At that point I was able to get one handcuff on her and she refused to give me her other hand. I had to get her other hand in the handcuff.″

Mrs. Pound ``had an odor of alcohol on her breath and continued to act irrationally,″ the report said.

The report said Mrs. Pound sustained a small scratch on her right wrist, for which she refused treatment at Grady Hospital, and Browning sustained a bruised inner thigh.

Mrs. Pound was charged with refusal to comply with a police officer, obstruction, using abusive language and simple battery.

The report does not say what Pound did during the altercation.

Pound told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Browning’s report was ``highly inaccurate and self-serving.″

``I’m in a strange country, and I’m not sure how these things work,″ he told the newspaper. ``We were walking along peacefully and this is the last thing we expected. My wife is very upset.″

Pound, a Montreal lawyer, heads the IOC’s committees that negotiate television rights and worldwide sponsorship deals.

While serving as chairman of the coordination commission, he has periodically criticized Atlanta Olympic organizers and city officials for depending too heavily on private financing of the Centennial Games and allowing too much unauthorized merchandising to spring up around the sports venues.

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