Interview with Rev. Frederick Reese
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY I'M SKIPPING AHEAD AGAIN ON MARCH 7TH, UM THE FIRST ROW OF THE MARCHES HAS BEEN AFFECTED, THE TEAR GAS HAS STARTED, WHEN THE TEAR GAS FIRST HIT YOU WEREN'T AFFECTED RIGHT AWAY, WHAT DID YOU SEE BEFORE IT REALLY GOT TO YOU.

Rev. Frederick Reese:

Um, when the tear gas was lobbed over into the crowd, um, but prior to that time, um, the state troopers had made their advance on the crowd and there were persons on the ground who had been uh, beaten to the ground. Some were injured and the State Troupers were asked to regroup and then they put their gas mask on and then they uh, lobbed the gas canisters over into the crowd. And this, you were in a state of disbelief, you just couldn't imagine that uh, such atrocity was happening in the United States of America. That such inhuman, uh, inhumane treatment was uh, in effect at that time. You had pandemonium breaking out in uh, the crowd of marchers that was screaming, crying uh, in disbelief. And of course, uh, when the gas was lobbed over into the crowd, they were, those of you who have been gassed know that you cannot just remain, you have to move out and then the crowd dispersed to either side of the highway, preferably to the east side of the highway into a field, but it was quite a, a state of disbelief on the part of most people.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

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