Interview with Dolores Torres
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

OK, tell the story about outside IS271. What, what, what are the teachers doing, what are the police doing, what is going on?

DOLORES TORRES:

The police were just there. They were there. I guess if we tried to keep anybody from going in, any of the nineteen or, at that time, the ten teachers from going into the school then I guess then we would have been arrested. But there was no one going in. But we were there to make sure that no one did. At that time I had gone into the school to make a phone call to let a radio station know what was going on. When I came back, before I got outside, I saw a reporter from a newspaper beaten and bloody on the ground. I went back inside to get a washcloth before I got back out of the door and I looked through the window and saw Miss Hamilton got hit in the stomach by a policeman with a stick. He stopped. He didn't hit her anymore. He stopped. And when I looked, before I could pull open the door, across the street from the school there was a line of Black Panthers just standing there with their arms folded. The police made no further move on any of the people that were there.

INTERVIEWER:

Could you just tell that to me once again, just a little bit briefer? All right, so, what happened? Tell me the scene that you saw outside IS271.

DOLORES TORRES:

What I saw outside of the school, 271, was a reporter that had been beaten and was laying on the sidewalk bloody. When I turned to go back into the second door of the school to get a washcloth and come out to help him, before I could get out the second door, I saw through the window of the door Mrs. Hamilton being struck in the stomach with a policeman's club. Before I could open that door, across the street a line of the Black Panthers had shown up and were standing there with folded arms. And as a result of that no one else got hit that day by the policemen. They didn't do anything. They just stood there. But no one else was struck by a policeman.