Interview with John Nichols

Can you tell me, the police force had been recently integrated?


The police force had been integrated a couple years before, so that was not an issue. There was one sociologist, a little bit out of touch with things, who said that the riot was created because the police returned to the ghetto, and I quote him, "after the blue flu." Matter of fact, we had more police on the street during the blue flu than we ever had before because we, we converted from a three-shift operation to a two-shift, so we had literally half-again as many people on the street during the blue flu as we had before so there was no return. I think a lot of people at the time were looking for pat excuses and simplistic explanations of very complex problems.