Interview with Dr. William Anderson
QUESTION 20
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT LAURIE PRITCHETT. HOW DID HE LOOK TO YOU IN THOSE DAYS?

Dr. William G. Anderson:

Laurie Pritchett, we often had to remark during the movement that Laurie Pritchett was somewhat different from the other police chiefs and sheriffs that had been encountered during the civil rights movement—up to that point even. Laurie Pritchett was a man that most of us who got to know him closely and talk with him on a personal basis got the impression that he was a sensitive man. He was a professional in that he did his job according to the way his bosses directed him. His bosses, of course, were the members of the City Council. He did his job in a professional manner, using as little brutal force as necessary in order to maintain control over the situation.