Interview with Judge Charles Clark
QUESTION 35
INTERVIEWER:

WERE YOU AWARE THAT HE WAS TALKING WITH THE PRESIDENT AND OTHERS, OH, STOP FOR A MOMENT, I CAN ASK YOU THIS UM IT AT LEAST SHOWS THAT HE WAS CONCERNED.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

MARK IT. CAMERA ROLL 227, MARKER.

Judge Charles Clark:

I did learn through other sources and through information that came to me at a later time that the commissioner of public safety, Commissioner Birdsong, on the evening of the riot, had gotten orders from the Governor's office, uh to place highway patrolmen in the corridor cordoned around the University of Mississippi and not to let people bearing firearms come into that area, uh, I do know that at some time, sometime or times during that evening countermanding orders were given to the highway patrol uh that relaxed that surveillance uh, but it was not a total abdication of power or I think the situation would have been tremendously worse. I do know that highway patrolmen did form a, a ring around the Lyceum building on the university campus in an effort to keep the marshals, uh keep the crowd back from the United States marshals that accompanied Meredith that night to the Lyceum building. And I do know that those officers suffered wounds that evening in the defense of that perimeter that they maintained.