Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

(SOUND TAKE 7.) OKAY. WHY DON'T YOU BEGIN WITH COLONEL MANN AND ALL THIS MELEE…

Gov. John Patterson:

Colonel Mann the director of public safety and his assistant Bill Jones, waded into the crowd and straddled these people and pulled their pistols, and I think Floyd might have fired into the air one time, and told them to get back or he'd shoot them. And the crowd got back and he saved these people. And it was a very courageous, courageous act. Of course by this time, our people were coming in, they'd got the word and they were coming in and the city began to come in then, and the mob broke up very quickly.