Interview with George Romney
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

Do you think if the troops had been committed earlier while the riot was going on?

GEORGE ROMNEY:

I think the riot could have been stopped a day earlier if the troops had been put right on the street. Ah, they were here, they were experienced, they had training to deal with such, uh, conditions, and consequently in my opinion, if they'd have been put on the street, uh, immediately, uh, the riot would have ended a day earlier.

INTERVIEWER:

Can I ask you again just to make sure I have it ?

GEORGE ROMNEY:

That's right we were told by Vice-President Humphrey that we should talk to Attorney General Clark, that he was the one who was to be contacted in such situations. So that's what we did. And uh, he comit--committed at that point orally, uh, the availability of fe--federal troops. But then called back later, in the morning to indicate he had to have a written request and he had to have a written request indicating that the situation was beyond the ability of our, uh, state and local, uh, people to control. And that I couldn't give because, uh, it would have nullified all of the insurance policies in the area, plus the fact that, uh, it wasn't certain that we couldn't control it, but we, we felt that we ought to be sure that we would be able to control it by having federal assistance.

INTERVIEWER: