Interview with Dr. Grant Friley
QUESTION 24
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

What was your sense of the National Guard?

GRANT FRILEY:

That they were brought in to--

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Say the National Guard--

GRANT FRILEY:

The National Guard? They were brought in to--

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

No, I'm sorry, you just need to start the sentence--

GRANT FRILEY:

Oh, the National Guard.

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Right.

GRANT FRILEY:

I blew that one again didn't I, OK. The National Guard was, in my opinion, in a very uncomfortable position. They were the men who 24 hours prior to them being federalized, were, ah, your, your clerks and your truck drivers and your lawyers and your doctors, whatever - and now they were asked to, ah, play police. And, ah, I had the highest respect for them, I had it because they were put in a very uncomfortable position, asked to do a very uncomfortable job that all of us who were duly sworn police officers, were having a hell of a time trying to do, then they bring the National Guard in and they say - hey, do it. And, ah, ah, it, it had to be hell for them. A lot of the young people were from the suburbs, from upper Michigan, some of them had never been in Detroit, and then you bring them into Detroit and say - OK, do the job. It had to be hell for them.