Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

ALL RIGHT, THAT'S A LITTLE BIT OUT OF OUR TIME FRAME SO—

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

So you see it, that was the cause of the delay. You had interference by, strangely, law enforcement itself, trying to grab the ball and run with it. And that is always extremely detrimental and highly controversial. So we had our confrontation and he,the colonel [Al Lingo] realized later that he better get in step with local law enforcement. Anyway, we moved on though the, the time of the street demonstrations, the bombing. Not just that one but several. They were isolated. They were not the least of highly concerned situations, because many times death and destruction injury and loss of property and time. It's difficult to chronologically talk on each of these events. Highlights,I suppose, is basically what we're talking about. The difficulties that were at the level of administration from the mayor's office to the sheriff's office to the chief of police and fortunately we basically kept it in the city of Birmingham. We had nearly no instances outside the city, not even a distant perimeter.