Interview with Cyrus Vance
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

Why was it decided to put the federal troops on the east side?

CYRUS VANCE:

Because at that point the incident rate--

INTERVIEWER:

CYRUS VANCE:

Oh. The, ah, reason we put the, ah, federal troops into the east side of the city was because at that point the incident rate was rising very rapidly there and it looked like there was the most difficult place to, ah, ah, to handle. And therefore we put the federal troops, who were all paratroopers, many of whom had come out of Vietnam, ah, led by superb non-commissioned officers, ah, and they had been through battle before. They knew how to deal with these kind of situations and, ah, their self-assurance alone was a calming factor when they came in. As a matter of fact, the federal troops only fired, I think, all told ten rounds during the whole time that they were there. All of those were into the air. And, ah, it was quite extraordinary to see how rapidly the situation cooled when the self-assured soldiers came in and took charge.