Interview with John Nichols

So were the police aware of the existence of any paramilitary type organizations or any pattern in the riot?


Well, I think at the time there were a great many paramilitary organizations were active in society. There also was a pattern in, in urban riots. There was a pattern in the manner in which the looting too--took place, a pattern in what got looted first: generally liquor stores, firearms places, furniture stores, records were destroyed quite regularly, in furniture stores the credit records were, were among the first things that were burned, so there was this pattern. I don't think it was a part of a national effort on the part of subversive elements to say this is the way we'll do it, but there has been, there had been some indication that the same pattern is followed in most of the cities.