Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

ALL RIGHT, UH, CHIEF PRITCHETT, I JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU OF SOMETHING THAT'S QUOTED ABOUT YOU, IT SAYS, YOU WERE, YOU SAID I'M NOT, IT'S NOT A MATTER OF WHETHER I'M A SEGREGATIONIST OR AN INTEGRATIONIST, I'M A DULY CONSTITUTED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, DEDICATED TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS, UH…WITH BEING REMINDED OF THAT UH, QUOTE, I'D LIKE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR POSITION WAS IN THOSE DAYS - WERE YOU A SEGREGATIONIST, UH, WHAT WERE YOU COMING FROM?

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

No, uh, as I stated, position was Chief of Police of the City of Albany - uh, it didn't deal in segregation or integration. Uh, my responsibility was to enforce the ordinances and state laws of that city and state. Uh, as I've told Dr. King many times, I did not disagree with his motives or his objectives, it was his method. I believed in the courts, he believed in the streets. So uh, I've never been classified as a segregationist, and not as an integrationist – I was administrator of the City of Hi… of uh, Albany Police Department.