Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 28
INTERVIEWER:

NO I MEAN IN THE MIDST OF THE SELMA CAMPAIGN WHEN ALL THE DEMONSTRATIONS WERE GOING ON…

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

Oh yeah, well yeah, Uh, I was new in office and uh, you know because I didn't overreact or react as strongly or did Baker react as strongly because he was in charge of the police under me and the City Council then, but directly under me Baker was and because of the, his reaction, a more professional, moderate approach to allow them to march but peacefully and keep whites from getting involved. Uh, radical elements of whites, uh, there was an element that tried to organize a recall vote of me, that's the only way they could get rid of Baker and uh, but it never came off.