Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

BUT IT WAS DONE AT YOUR REQUEST?

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

Yes, it was done at my request . And it sort of surprised Dr. King - this was one time that I, the only time I've ever seen him, when he seemed uh, uh, well he didn't know which way to go** - cause see, when we went back and got him, he thought he was being transferred to a better jail in Americus, Georgia. Uh, and when I said - no, you're leaving — he didn't want to go he said - I can't go, Chief Pritchett. He said – I'll lose face if I go. I said - well, you've got to go, Dr. King. And uh, later on, after it was all over, we discussed this, and he told me, he said this is one time, not only did you out violent me, but this is one time you outsmarted me. You know, uh, and it was a shrewd move, but it accomplished what we wanted to do.