Interview with Colonel Howard Becker
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

--on the third day?

HOWARD BECKER:

Yeah, about the third day of the ah, of the emergency in Detroit, we ah, discovered that ah, some of our police officers ah, ah, and this is an isolated incident ah, ah, had loaded their own weapons, had their own special side arms and their own special ah, ah, shotguns and ah, we heard discussion ah, ah, informally, and it was reported to me and on to our intelligence people ah, that they were strictly on a nigger hunt. And ah, that gave rise to a lot of consideration on our part because we had a responsibility here to see to it that ah, all of the citizenry was ah, protected. So in--first being notified of that and then further ah, seeing first hand the situation, we ah, reported it, we followed through on it, and made sure that those police officers were ah, handed over to their ah, command and control and they were removed from the operations.

INTERVIEWER:

Cut. I need you to ask you to do it again just for--


HOWARD BECKER:

Ah, the Detroit police ah, command group ah, would assign various ah, ah, officers, police officers, to our ah, Guard ah, patrol. And ah, or vice versa, it would be a Guard patrol with ah, two or, or three police ah, squad cars ah, a squad car may have ah, two police officers in it, sometimes it had four police officers in it. And ah, on ah, one separate occasion ah, two sergeants came in with their own separate loaded ah, ah, weapons ah, their own in--individual ah, weapons that were separate from ah, Detroit ah, police ah, issue weapons and ah, consequently ah, we had the feeling that they were ah, not out to do what ah, the ah, normal mission or what we were there to, to perform, and that was to protect ah, the citizenry. And ah, they indicated that they were out to, to get all they could get ah, ah, ah, at the scene. So consequently ah, finding out that they were police officers that were going to do less than what police officers are expected to do ah, we took action to turn them over to their command and ah, remove them from the operations.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, cut.