Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

GOVERNOR, YOU TOLD ME YOU WERE TALKING TO SHERIFF MEL BAILEY IN BIRMINGHAM, DURING THE BIRMINGHAM DEMONSTRATIONS, I'M WONDERING, HE SAID THAT, AS YOU SAID HE DIDN'T WANT THE TROOPERS THERE, AND IN FACT HE SAID TO US THAT HE FELT THAT THE AGGRAVATED THE SITUATION BETTER THAN HELPING IT, DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

Gov. George C. Wallace:

Yes, the sheriff said that, he sure did and and I was young and brass I suppose at that time because I was worried about I was worried about people getting killed and I didn't think the police force I thought they could use us, our force to sort of keep that from happening. But Mr. Bailey said, and Mel Bailey's a friend of mine, he publicly endorsed me for Governor in the last race for governor, and he'd been a fine sheriff but way back then, that's right, he didn't want them, and I sent them a day or so later any ways and I'm sorry that I probably, but I was worried about somebody getting hurt, I just didn't, I don't like violence, I was in violence in World War II as a combat veteran and that was necessary in those days but I don't like to see that among our own people.