Interview with Herb Boyd
QUESTION 8
SAM POLLARD:

Tell me about the big four and, and from the police in general in Detroit. And start with "When I was growing up in Detroit--"

HERB BOYD:

When I was growing up in Detroit the big four had a reputation as being head whippers incorporated. They didn't take any jive for anybody. When they showed up we said big four we're talking about one uniform officer who was like a chauffeur for three plain clothes officers. When they hit a neighborhood with their big car everything came to a halt. You know that was a kind of first vestige we had of like you know just kind of a ever present police force in our community. Later on it would have like a Garrison city an occupied army flavor with more uniform cops. But the big four was always symbolic of that kind of real brutal terror form. They would grab you, through you up against a wall, ask for you identification, throw you in the car. They didn't take any crap at all. They were notorious.

SAM POLLARD:

Cut, yeah. He just told, a little that morning of 12th street--Lets go


HERB BOYD:

Sure, I think I can recall a few things?