Interview with William Lucy

As you were marching, when did you first sense that something was wrong? What did you see? What did you feel?


Ah, while we were marching, I was about in the first one-third of the march as I could tell at that point. Ah, and we began to hear, ah, windows breaking, ah, we began to hear, you know, loud rustling and uneasiness among the marchers. Ah, and there hadn't, been no violence in whatsoever in the march, and certainly none encouraged by the union. But we couldn't quite figure out what was taking place. And then we began to see individuals who were stepping out of the march, ah, and, and, and, ah, throwing things at windows**, and ah, we began to really be very concerned about what all of this meant. Ah, and some of us were staff people, and some of the leadership among the strikers, those that we could lay hands on where we were, began to grab a hold of these people and pull them back into the march to, to, to sort of bring this to a halt. Ah, after a while, the police themselves, this apparently, not necessarily on the cue, but certainly at, on command, ah, began to wade into the crowd and began to, to beat people, they began to, you know, really truss people up a bit, and we were quite concerned because the march was filled with all kinds of people who had come to participate.