Interview with Colonel Floyd Mann
QUESTION 56
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S CUT.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

THIS IS FILM ROLL 395, WE'RE STILL ON SOUND ROLL 1343, WE'RE ON SOUND TAKE FOURTEEN, FOURTEEN.

Col. Floyd Mann:

It was a policy of the state police in 1961 not to ever enter a city unless they were invited or either it became very apparent that law and order had broken down. So at the time the bus arrived at the Montgomery bus station, only the assistant director Mr. W.R. Jones and myself was there when the bus arrived. As soon as the people began to get off the bus I noticed these strange people all around the bus which I knew immediately they were Klansmen. No sooner than they had gotten off the bus a riot evolved. At that point in time it certainly became obvious to me that law and order had broken down and there's no police around the bus station. So we immediately sent for those hundred state troopers that we had quartered at the police academy. And prior to them arriving there, several people hurt and we had to command cars to take some to the hospital.