Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 26
INTERVIEWER:

[unintelligible] OKAY, AND SPEAK TO ME ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THE NAZI PARTY, OR THE KKK AT THAT TIME [unintelligible] ALL RIGHT, KKK?

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

Well, as uh, some people have asked, you know, and during all this, we enforced the law against mass demonstration on the, by the blacks…also the Ku Klux Klan, KKK. They came in, was going to have uh, a big meeting in the city limits. We would not let them in the city limits. I talked to Shelton, who was a leader uh and, and told him - you cannot come in this town. Now you can stay outside the city limits, I have no jurisdiction, but you cannot bring your people in this city. And he cooperated, he met some four or five hundred yards out of the city limits. Uh, we did not enforce the law one-sided, we enforced it, we tried to equally keep the whites and the, and so-to-speak, the rednecks, down… enforce it against the, the demonstrators, for violation of the law. So, it was a two way street.