Interview with Laurie Pritchett
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY, LET ME JUST FOLLOW UP ON YOUR ANSWER THAT YOU SAID THAT YOU TRAINED UH, YOUR OFFICERS IN THE NONVIOLENT TECHNIQUE WHEN YOU KNEW KING WAS ARRIVING, DOES THAT IMPLY THAT THERE WAS SOME VIOLENCE WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BEFORE THAT?

Chief Laurie Pritchett:

Oh, no. Uh, you know, it was strange that the, the men, I did not expect the police department personnel to, to readily accept this position. Uh, but they did. They saw the situation, which we confronted –we knew that if he came in we was going to have mass media uh, as I instructed and, and lectured to the men that the uh, news media could either be our ally or our enemy - we wanted them as an ally. We would not have any force uh, that doesn't, uh, mean that we used force on the police department, it was just a method of showing them that if they were arrested and somebody uh, uh, encountered with somebody, and if they were spit upon, they would not uh, lose their cool, so to speak. Uh, that uh, our method would be nonviolence, no force, we would enforce the law, but do it in such a manner that it would bring credit upon the city and not discredit.