Interview with George Romney
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

When was it decided that federal troops were needed and why?

GEORGE ROMNEY:

Ah, it was decided, uh, the s--second night that we needed sec--uh, federal troops. As a matter of fact, uh, I, wait a minute now, let me back up. Was it the second night or the first night?

INTERVIEWER:

It was Sunday night.

GEORGE ROMNEY:

Alright. Let's start over.

INTERVIEWER:

Okay.

GEORGE ROMNEY:

I don't recall the circumstances.

INTERVIEWER:

When and how was it decided that federal troops were needed.

GEORGE ROMNEY:

Well it was decided, uh, early Monday morning, uh, after midnight when it was clear that the riot was increasing in magnitude, it wasn't being reduced. And furthermore, it was clear that the, uh, National Guard plus the state police plus the local police would probably not be able to handle it. It wasn't certain that they couldn't handle it, but after all we had a group of uh, people out there trying to deal with it who were, who were not trained to deal with riots. The National Guard had arrived late anyway because the National Guard had been on encampment up in northern Michigan, so they had to be brought all the way down. Of course the situation grew worse as they were being transported down to the riot area. Ah, so it was in the early morning of, uh, Monday that we decided that we needed federal assistance, might need federal assistance.