Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

YOU GOT A LITTLE PROBLEM HERE WITH SOUND[overlap] OK, WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE—YOU CAN'T HAVE A MORATORIUM ON CIVIL RIGHTS.

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

This grew out of a Chamber of Commerce meeting presented a hypothetical situation of, what are you going to do sheriff if we fill the streets and we arrive at 19th and 6 North and there's an emotional crisis, rock throwing may happen, breaking windows, looting. What are you going to do? I said, this is almost a moot question, but I want you to understand it. We can't have moratorium on law and order. We can't have a Halloween festivity here where trick or treat, because of, and the code of Alabama staring you in the face and I'm sworn to uphold the laws of the state of Alabama. You'll just be arrested now, this ought to be very clear, if you can be identified committing an act of violence, misdemeanor or felony. I'm saying, don't do it.