Interview with Arthur Johnson
QUESTION 11
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

So could you tell me about that, about the decision to bring in troops?

ARTHUR JOHNSON:

The, the governor, and the mayor and the chief of police, ah, had been in touch with the White House--President Johnson--and in fact the President had sent out, ah, his emissary, ah, Secretary Vance to examine the situation and try to determine for himself what ought to be done. But as we all looked at it, and certainly Judge Keith and I joined in reaching the decision that federal troops should be called in. Governor Romney--to his credit--although we had no official position or responsibility there asked what was our judgement before he finally decided to make that call to the White House.