Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 34
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, ONE MORE THING ABOUT THE RIOT, WHEN YOU WERE DESCRIBING IT, I WANTED TO ASK YOU WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE TO YOU, WHAT WERE YOUR EMOTIONS AS YOU LOOKED AT YOUR UNIVERSITY WITH BULLET HOLES IN IT? SADNESS?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Well, yes, there was sadness, there was alarm, there was uh, disgust. Uh, I, I mentioned to you earlier that uh, the governor made the telephone call to me. On the other side of that coin I got a, a lengthy telegram, it must have been uh, twelve, fifteen inches in length from the federal attorney general, Robert Kennedy, telling me to do my duty, which, uh, you know, in the light of what I knew was going on between the governor and president, was ridiculous, uh, because I felt then and I feel today that they weren't doing their duty. If they had acted as the law enforcement officer, if the attorney general had as, as I perceive his responsibility, I think the riot could have been avoided.