Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 65
INTERVIEWER:

WELL, REPEATEDLY IN FACT, DURING THIS PERIOD ‘62, ‘63, ‘64 EVEN ‘65, UM, PEOPLE ARE CALLING YOU AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND SAYING THERE'S GOING BE VIOLENCE. CIVIL RIGHTS UH ACTIVISTS WERE CALLING YOU SAYING THERE'S GOING TO BE VIOLENCE. WHY, WHY HASN'T THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACTED?

John Doar:

Well, I know, that was the big, that was the big, uh, dispute between the the the uh students and the Justice Department was why the Justice Department wsa why the Justice Department couldn't protect the students. And uh, we would tell them it's just not possible to protect you and we're not in that business. Uh, we're not, the FBI is not a police force, there is no National police force, and the Federal Government had decided that, as a matter of, of the long term interest of the country, it wasn't the way to solve this problem was not to put the United States Army all the way across every rural county in Mississippi.