Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

AND WHAT DID YOU SAY TO THEM?

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

You got a great responsibility and I'm depending on you to help keep order in this city. There wouldn't be enough police in all the South. There wouldn't be enough troops if this thing triggers to a point of war, you might say. And mindful of that, constantly I was being asked, "Do you plan to call marshal law?" I never said yes to that question. I believe we can hold it, and we held it.