Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WAIT JUST ONE SECOND. HE'LL FOCUS IN ON YOU AND THEN YOU CAN START.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

—DOING ABOUT SEVEN JOBS AT ONCE HERE. OK, WE'RE SET.

Sheriff James Clark:

I flew in from Washington after being on a television show and came into Selma not knowing what had been going on after—I'd been away for several days and I—the troopers were lined up across the highway at some distance from the bridge, and the marchers were coming over the bridge when I got there. And as they came on down the troopers—they, well, they were ordered to return and they didn't do it. And the troopers moved out, and as they did, the marchers fell to the ground and as the troopers moved on to them, that was when they attacked the troopers with ice picks, and straight razors, and knives, and even broken glass. And that was when they used tear gas on them and they started retreating across the bridge at that time. The reports came out in the newspaper the next morning that there were seventeen broken legs alone, plus the other injuries, and there was no record at any hospital, clinic or doctors office where there was any broken bones at all except just a private altercation.