Interview with Bobby Rush
QUESTION 20
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Could you describe that event for me? You know, what you had decided to do, and who was there, and who was supporting you?

BOBBY RUSH:

Well, we had been in, in contact with, through my lawyer, Kermit Coleman, we had been in contact with the police l--The Afro-American Patrolmen's League, and we had been in contact with Operation Push, and I knew that if the police had arrested me on the street or if they, that I would be dead, okay? And so therefore we arranged to, for me to be turned in publicly so that the entire c--city could see that I had no broken arms, that I was in good condition and that I had no bullet holes, that I wasn't walking around with any bullet holes in me. So that's why we made the, the, the, my, my, to turn myself in, we made that public, and before a, a national or at least, well, a national audience really. And steps according to that, the police they actually charged me with, I think possession of, of marijuana, something like that. They, they, they accused me of having marijuana in my house, and upon further evidence, I mean, this is then taking a long period of time, they saw that the bag of what they thought was marijuana was nothing but birdseeds. I had a, a, a bird in my house and that was bird--those were birdseeds. So they did--they didn't have any charges to hold me on. And th--that's exactly what happened.