Interview with George Romney

The, um, the Kerner Commission came up quite critical of the Guard, because they were so untrained for a riot situation, because they were so young and so rural and so White. Was there any, d--did you have any trepidation about sending the Guard in at the time, or was there a choice?


Well the Guard helped, after all, even after the Federal tr--troops came in. They put the Federal troops in the areas, that we--were the easiest to handle. The National Guard still were kept in the areas where the intense riot was taking place. So it was the National Guard that ultimately had to control the worst parts of the riot.