Interview with John Conyers
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

What kind of brutality did you witness at the police station when you were there kind of?

JOHN CONYERS:

Well, they were dragging people around--

INTERVIEWER:

I'm sorry I was talking over your answer.

JOHN CONYERS:

At the police stations, particularly at the Livernois Station, they were mopping up blood on the floor. I mean, it was, it was, this was, ah, this was like a, it was like a war zone. Tanks, you have U.S. tanks going down neighborhood streets. You had all different kinds of your national guardsmen, police, army, ah, all trying to, to coordinate itself. But the Detroit police were unbelievable in their determination to visit, ah, excessive violence upon the population. And they were, they were just mopping blood up. This was obviously blood of Black people that were being detained at the, the station. The violence was insane. John Hershey captured it in one of his books, _Algiers Motel Case_. But the whole thing, ah, ah, made it so that what they did.