Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

OK NOW, WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS COMING TO TOWN, YOU PREPARED FOR HIM IN SOME VERY INTERESTING WAYS - TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU PREPARED FOR KING

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

Well, you know, we had information, after the SNICs came into Albany. –uh, I had information from a, another law enforcement agency, a federal agency, who I work with quite close. And they had informed me that Dr. King's intentions were to come into Albany and join the Albany movement. Uh, upon learning this, I did research - I found his method was non-violence, that his method was to fill the jails -same as uh, Gandhi in India. And once he filled the jails, we'd have no capacity to arrest and then we'd have to give in to his uh, demands** uh… after learning this and studying this research, I started orientation of the police department into nonviolent movement…no violence, no dogs, no show of force, uh, even took up some of the uh, uh, training that the SNICs originated there – of sitting at the counter and being slapped, spit upon- I said, if they do this, you will not use force. Uh, we're going to out nonviolent…and this is what the police department and the other people did.