Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

ONE OF THE LAST TIMES YOU ARRESTED UH, UH, DR. KING- HE WAS RETLEASED UNDER VERY UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WHAT HAPPENED THERE?

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

He was in our jail and had said he was going to stay, you know, the prior time, he'd come out and sort of disillusioned the black movement because he came out of jail when he said he would stay in. Uh, this time he vowed to stay in and uh, one morning uh, one of my men come in and said - Chief, they just got Dr. King out. I said uh - who? And he said - I don't know, he said, he was a well dressed black man - I never seen the man. There have been many stories told about it uh, some say that he was paid out by attorneys, some of the attorneys in Albany. It might be, I, I know what happened. But uh, I, frankly, you know, it was a matter of strategy. I knew that if he stayed in jail, we'd continue to have problems, so I talked to some people, I said - we've got to get him out, and once we do, I think he'll leave here. Uh, and arrangements was made, frankly, I don't know who the man was that paid the bond.**