Interview with John Nichols

What was, um, what were the police ?


Well, there would be, the calls would come in as the crowd's gathering, stoning, ah, buildings, setting buildings on fire, and a task force which was composed of, very often, all three elements, the Michigan State Police, Detroit Police, the Michigan National Guard would be dispatched, sometimes they had military vehicles, sometimes they had only police vehicles. They would go and fan out and attempt to resolve the difficulty. The fire department put their fire--firefighters into command posts by consolidating many of the, of the smaller fire stations so that they could respond. Firefighters were shot at, firefighters had to fight their way into, into the area to fight, to fight the fires.