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since side 1 and side 2 of this tape(LUM 47A) are in no way related--
side 1 is a monologue about an indian protest and side 2 is interviews
regarding lack of police protection in lumberton--i have typed a sep-
arate section for each side of the tape, numbering the pages of each
LUM-47A Transcribed: 20-75
October 31, 1972 Johnson
SPEAKER: Lew Barton
SUBJECT: Indian Protest, Lumberton, NC
B: This is October 31, 1972. I am Lew Barton, recording for the Doris Duke
Foundation American Indian Oral History Program. Today we are in Lumberton,
North Carolina in front of the Board of Education building,where many Indians
from various parts of the United States have encamped throughout the night,
keeping a vigil in order to force the hand of the Roberson County Board of
Education, who to date have refused to talk with people of the American
Indian Movement about Lumbee educational problems. This is, indeed, a day
of history for our people. Everything that happens here today, everything
that has happened here in the past few days, is of tremendous importance.
On another tape, I have the remarks of various people who spoke at a meeting
last evening at the Sim-brook Cafe here in, rather, in Pembroke, North Caro-
lina, which is the Lumbee Indian capital, or cultural center, so to speak.
But now here in Lumberton, we are near Lumberton--the Board of Education
building is not located in Lumberton proper, but just outside, probably about
a mile away, such a matter. As we've said on other tapes, most of the stu-
dents of Lumbee parents are in the Roberson County system, although there are
some in the other five so-called city districts. This is a sight such as I
never thought would take place in this county. For years people have talked
about the Lumbee Indians "not being recognized" by the federal government, and
of course this is false, because we are recognized through an act of Congress,
dated in 1956 by the Congress of the United States and three years earlier by
the General Assembly of North Carolina, and our relations with other Indian
groups have been strenghtened over the years and is now at a peak because we
have contact with virtually every tribe of Indians in the United States. Many
of these tribes are represented here today and it is an awesome experience, to
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be here, knowing that you are a Lumbee Indian. But it is also an inspiring
experience which says to me that the American Indians are cooperating more
closely, perhaps, than ever before in the history of this country. AIM, the
American Indian Movement, is directed by Dennis Banks, who has said that they
were on their way to Washington, this great caravan of American Indians, but
they stopped here, and after stopping here and taking stock of our problems,
he said the crisis, it appears, is not in Washington but right here in Lumber-
ton, North Carolina. And of course, Lumberton is the county seat of Roberson
County, North Carolina. We are going to try to record here today for the
Doris Duke Foundation, which is operating under the auspices of the Univer-
sity of Florida and its History Department under Dr. Samuel Proctor, we are
going to try to record the events that occur here this morning. With me is
Mrs. Brenda Brooks, who also works on the Carolina Indian Voice, a newspaper
of which I am editor, located in Pembroke. So, whatever happens from now on
will be sounds from what is happening, after I conclude these remarks. I
talked to Sheriff Malcolm G. McCloud's office this morning and wasn't able to
talk to the Sheriff himself, but I did talk to the secretary and I asked her
if...I asked her very frankly if she anticipated any cracked skulls and she
said, "We certainly hope not." She also said, however, that the Sheriff would
do whatever was necessary. I asked her if any new deputies had been brought
in from other areas and she replied in the negative. This certainly doesn't
preclude the possibility or even the probability that this may occur. Now
these Indians remained here in Lumberton throughout the night, although it
was a very cold night, many of them going to their cars, starting engines,
getting the...getting the heater going. It was very difficult to stay warm,
camped here as they were last night. But certainly his is a highlight in the
history of the Lumbee Indian because it says that we are no longer alone, that
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other groups are interested in us, and other groups are standing with us,
that we no longer stand alone, and this, from my point of view, is of great
significance of what is happening here today, no matter what the outcome may
be. We are certainly praying to God that there will be no violence, however,
it is only fair to state that the American Indian Movement, is-perhaps the
most militant of all the Indian rights groups. For this reason, there are
some people in the county, particularly some other groups, some other ethnic
groups, who very definitely wish the American Indian Movement had never come
to this county, and understandably so. We will be trying to report what is
going on here. I have had phone calls throughout the night from news media
seeking information, from the Associated Press, from the United Press Inter-
national, and from individual reporters.
As I recorded this, I was interrupted by a phone call from WKIX in Raleigh,
North Carolina, and a news program interviewed me live, so now I can get
back to this recording. I have been requested by AP and also UPI to keep
them informed as to what is going on here, so the interest is great and
growing. This concludes the recording made on the actual grounds of the
Board of Education building near Lumberton, North Carolina, and I am adding
a note here later, a day later. This all occurred on October 31. I am
recording now on December 20, I am recording this note on December 20, and
of course, all this is a matter of history by this time. The American
Indian Movement, under Dennis Banks attended a Jim Holshauser for Governor
rally on December 1, 1972, and I have covered this in its entirety on another
tape, which will be in this batch. Now, the American Indian Movement, after
staying here for about a week, moved on, supported Jim Holshauser's candidacy
for governor, and at this date, Jim Holshauser has been elected the next gov-
Continued(page 4) 51sL
ernor of North Carolina, making it the first Republican governor to be elected
in the state of North Carolina in seventy years. Now, after the caravan of
Indians met over at the Jim Holshauser rally, where he concluded his rally--
incidentally, he began his campaign for the governorship right here in Pem-
broke, North Carolina, at the Lumbee Recreation Center, on Lumbee Homecoming
Day, June 4, 1970. This is where Jim Holshauser opened his campaign. And of
course, his last campaign, I mean his last appearance, last speech, was made
right here in Pembroke, North Carolina, and I have covered this.on another
tape. During this time, Dennis Banks and many of the Indians danced and sang
more chants and vent A to the front and endorsed thedoGovernor-elect. They
endorsed Jim Holshauser as Governor, as the next Governor of the State of
North Carolina, and of course at this date we know that Jim Holshauser was
elected. These are very exciting events, indeed, in the Lumbee River Valley.
I wanted to add another footnote, and that is that the Lumbee Indians...all
the Indians of Roberson and adjacent counties are officially designated as
the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina. However, there are those descendants
of the Tuscarora Indians who were originally of southeastern North Carolina,
and who removed later to Niagra Falls, New York after their disastrous defeat
in 1711 to 1713, but a few remained behind because these were the people led
by Tom Blunt, who were not on the side of the Tuscarora proper, but who allied
themselves instead, with the colonists. Now, after the conclusion of this
Tuscarora War of 1711-1713, these people, naturally, were not received back
into the main body of the Tuscarora with open arms and so they remained here
in the Lumbee River Valley, and they joined our people here, and they have
been here ever since. There is a segment of the group officially known as
the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina, which is striving and contending for
recognition as Tuscarora Indians instead of Lumbee Indians, so there is dis-
Continued(page 5) Side I
sension and this feeling about names. This group is led by...well, I would
say, in effect the leader of this group is Colonel Lockler, who is the Sec-
retary-Treasurer, actually, but who has taken a very active part and played
a very important role in the movement and it was most of the Tuscarora group
which took part in Dennis Banks and the American Indian Movement thing, and
you have noticed from your newspapers by this time these Indians went from
here to Washington, D.C., where they took over boldly,and completely, the
building of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and who held control of this building
for a length of time, and this was concluded by a twenty-point agreement
between them and the White House, and the White House took a soft stand on
the situation, whereas the Department of the Interior took a harder stand,
but the White House won out, of course, and so hey did make history and they
did effect some changes. It's all very interesting. I mentioned this in
this footnote simply for the sake of continuity, and because it will help
you to understand what has happened here and what happened in Washington,
D.C. Not all American Indians in the United States agree+ith the American
Indian Movement when they went into the Bureau of Indian Affairs building
and took over their records and the building and so forth, because there was
much destruction, estimated by some newsmen to run several million dollars,
and there were charges that some of the records had been destroyed, and some
American Indians, of course, have resented this. They saw no sense in des-
troying or misplacing the records, because, of course, the United States
government has to keep in contact and keep official records on each indivi-
dual American Indian group with whom they have direct relations.
Now, I want to make another distinction here in this footnote, and that
is this: There are two types of Indians in the United States today. There
are the reservated Indians who are directly under the guardianship, if you
Continued(page 6) Sde-
want to call it that, of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. These groups of Indians
are Indians who have treaties with the United States and who are the trus-
tees of the United States. Usually, these treaties came about as a result of
conflict between the United States government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs...
I mean, the individual Indian groups...I'm sorry. But there is also another
group of Indians which never went to war against the United States and, iron-
ically, they have been the ones who have been ignored most, although both
groups have certainly been ignored to too great a degree, and those treaties
have been broken,some 1100 treaties have been broken, and there scarcely
remains one that hasn't been broken down through the years. It has indeed been
what the Indians called it--a Trail of Broken Treaties. One interesting thing
is that the White House issued a statement after the agreement with Dennis
Banks and the American Indian Movement recently that they would not add
to the trail of broken treaties, that they would keep the twenty-one points
made, and they would do what they had promised to do, and certainly this is
encouraging from the Indians' point of view, becausethe Great White Father
is still that, to some degree. President of the United States, Richard M.
Nixon, has done much for the welfare of the Indian. He is generally consi-
dered to be benevolent toward the Indians. He has introduced many programs
in favor of the Indians, for which most of them are grateful, if not all.
Sometimes there may be some disagreement as to the means of aiding the Indians
and so forth, but generally the Nixon policy toward Indians has been accepted,
and approved so far as I have been able to ascertain. I thought I should in-
clude this here by way of explanation--I have met Dennis Banks, Colonel Lock-
ler is a friend of mine, he worked with us very closely on this AIM movement,
and he is a very effective and fearless leader. As he says himself, we have
guts. And I certainly concur that Colonel Lockler has guts, and so do the
Continued(page 7) 'S \
people he leads and the people led by Dennis Banks on a national scale. This,
then, concludes the remarks on this tape regarding the brief stay or the sev-
eral days' stay of the American Indian Movement here in Roberson County, North
Carolina. These footnotes have been added later on in the home of my step-
mother in Lumberton, North Carolina, Mrs....well, no need to mention her name.
Over and out. The other side of this tape, incidentally, has been used to
record some interviews made recently in west Lumberton, North Carolina
regarding a dispute over the firing of the police chief there, and I went
over there November...about November 28, and I spent a day over there inter-
viewing people, and of course I have included these interviews and their com-
plaints about the Police Department in Lumberton and its alleged inefficiency
et cetera. On the other side of this tape...I'm sorry, I was forced to use
the other side of this tape, and I should have put it on a separate tape,
but I'have no tape available at this moment, and I had to get on with the
business at hand, so I hope this is satisfactory. I think this should be
considered two tapes, perhaps somebody could re-record it on another tape.
LUM-47A Transcribed: 20-75
INTERVIEWER: Lew Barton
INTERVIEWEE: Citizens of Lumberton, North Carolina
#1: Can you hear it from this angle here?
B: Yes, sir, it will pick it up.
#2: Is it recording now?
B: Yeah, uh huh. You were telling me something about the service, police
service at your Mobil Service Center, about, you know, the delay when you
called the police. They'd wait for...
#1 : Well, to begin with, I'm open from eight or seven, to ten, eleven o'clock
through the week. And I was open on weekends all night long, but I found
that as far as police protection, it was probably better for me to close
early on weekends, because I couldn't get police protection. One incident
that I had around one o'clock at night--I called the police department from
a disturbance, someone at the station. About thirty minutes after I called,
about thirty minutes had went by and I hadn't...the police hadn't got out
there and I still had the disturbance going on at this time, so I again
called the police department and tried to find out what...why I had...some-
one hadn't been out. And they said that they're on the way, and I don't
know why but it seems like the time that's involved, by the time they get
out there the people that was disturbing you is already gone. But the
reason why I started closing up early, it appears to me that I couldn't get
the protection, that I'd have to take my own action, which I wasn't equipped
to stop this disturbance, lessen I'd have to shoot them, and I necessarily
wouldn't want to do that, so I found that it was probably better to close
up real early than to have this disturbance.
B: Do they...when you call, do they come at all, or do you have to...
#1: Well, I'd have to...mostly, every time I called them I've had to call them
second time. I'd explain that it was very urgent and living here in this
Continued(page 2) 'k 2.
#1: precinct, West Lumberton, I've found that late at night, that they don't pat-
rol these areas. Now, I have a motor company, sells automobiles, and I have,
in the past, had cars to be stolen, and broke into, and
little odds and ends, like tires have been taken, and when I make a...a fellow
will make a...the police comes out to write out a report, that's all I ever
hear of it. They don't never give me any facts, or he never comes out to
re-check anything. It got to the point when I missed these things that I
just wouldn't call them because it just seemed like a waste of time, unlessen
it was an automobile stole, or something, I would call them, but I imagine
I've had anywhere from four to five cars being stole and I don't know of one
incident where he came back to give me any information or if they ever caught
anyone, I don't know.
B: They didn't make any report to you at all, did they?
#1: No, no reports.
#2: How long do you think it takes them, in your average that you call them, how
long does it usually take for the police to get there?
#1: Well, usually I call them a second time. It takes anywhere from thirty minutes
to an hour to get them out here.
B: By this time people are already gone.
#1: Well, they've already done their damage, or they're already gone.
#2: Do they...do you think they ever check your place out? Come by and...have you
ever seen them at night-time by your place, looking around, taking a special
#1: Yeah, I have one...I guess it'd be a friend that comes...I have seen him, when
he's working at night, you know they rotate their shifts of work, and I have
seen him out on different occasions, but as far as coming out, say, on a routine
check every night or on weekends, they don't fool with it. I remember one
Continued(page 3) ide 2
#1: incident while I had the station open at night, I was down here at the car lot
taking a part offen a car, around back, and I had it jacked up and I stayed...
we stayed there at the car about two hours late at night, and during that time
I didn't see a policeman come by. That was on a Saturday night. Which I...it
could have been a theft then, you know?
B: But you don't see a regular patrol?
#1: No, sir.
B: Well, living here as you do and operating your business as you do, you would
certainly be in a good position to know whether they do actually have any patrols.
#1: Well, yes, I have about three different businesses here at this location, and
being around at night, and I live here in this area, so I'm not...been here
for five, six years, so I know pretty well :what goes on at night, during
the day, what have you. But it appears to me that we have enough policemen
on the force because at the Mobil Station, I'm located beside of the Ackerson
Restaurant, and all during the day and early part of the night, it's nothing
to see one police car over at Ackerson's.
B: Is this a white establishment?
#1: Yes, it is. They seem to hang around there awfully a lot. There are a lot
of people who will back me up on this.
#2: Is this place known for notorious, or is it bad that they happen to patrol...
#1: Well, why I think they hang around there is I think they get free coffee and
I doubt...I don't know whether they're being entertained or what, but they seem
to be one or two cars over there mostly all the time.
B: And that's not helping you any, is it?
#1: No, I don't know if they have a shortage at night, or what, but it should be...
they should be patrolling, I think, especially on weekends when that seems to
be the time when we have the most trouble.
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B: Yeah, it seems to me they would be on regular patrol.
#1: Could you stop this just for a minute?
B: I was asking you if you could suggest certain things which you thought policemen
could do to give better service to the businessmen and also to the residential
part of West Lumberton.
4L, : Is that where we were? Let me, if I may, add something on that particular
thing. I would say that to do things the police should be seen in this area
at all times at night, checking doors, they should drive around the establish-
ment, they should...if they see a door open, they should know that it shouldn't
be done. They should acquaint thierseives with the establishment. If anything,
the least little thing wrong, they would be alert about it, but if you never
go anywhere, you never see anything, they don't know the neighborhood, you know
what I mean? If they would only circle around an establishment, see what's
going on, and then acquaint theirselves with the area, if there was anything
happening other than the ordinary, they would spot it real quick, but as far
as the police, we don't know how they operate uptown...I don't know how many
men they have, but if they would just patrol it, by seeing a police car out
here at practically all times of the night would alleviate a lot of this
breaking in, that's going on.
B: Just their presence in the area would help.
#1: Also, I think we should have a policeman or policemen in this area, just assigned
to this area, instead of having maybe in east Lumberton or south Lumberton, or
what have you, whereas when you call them, they could come immediately, because
this is when you need help, is when you call them, and I think it shouldn't be
any reason, they should be there in anywhere from five to ten minutes after you
call them. If they don't have the right personnel for policemen, they should
Continued(page 5) A d2-
#1: hire some. Because I think if there's anything done there's going to be several
people hurt, or knifed, or killed.
B: And you think this negligence encourages crime, and leads to loss of property
and maybe to bodily harm to people and so on?
#1: Yes. If nothing else, I think they should have a precinct out here in Lumberton
where that you can call right straight to the precinct and get help when you
B: That sounds like a good suggestion. What do you think of that?
#2: I think that it would probably incur a little too much expense, because the
police are equipped with radioes. A car goes into the station and immediately
he is...a call is dispatched to that car. They should know where...the police-
men should be in that car at all times of the night on duty.
#1: Yes, but he is located out in east Lumberton.
#2: Well, how far would it take him to get if he got, if he was in his car, how
long would it take him to drive over this little part of the city?
#1: Well, he could also be on...one policeman could be in east Lumberton and he's
on another call, how can he work west Lumberton? This is one of the things
that I found out. One incident that I called, this policeman was over in
east Lumberton, I was just take the...try to do
something and when they finally got over here it was
about forty-five minutes to a hour had elapsed, which I think they should
have revised their schedule. They seemed to have a lot of policemen wandering
around on duty during the day, and at night you can't find them. I think they
should change their schedule evenly, or have more at night than they do during
the day, or during the trouble areas, which I'm sure if they made a survey
and found out which times of the night, certain days do you have the most
problems, which I would think would be on the weekends.
Continued(page 6) dOL2-
B: And you think they have more people on duty in the daytime...
#1: Well, I seem to see more people around this area that they hang out, which
is at the Ackerson Restaurant during the day. It's nothing to see two or
three policemen there, and what I'm saying, after hours, which is maybe
from twelve A.M. on, you don't seem to see them in this area.
B: Well, do you have any suggestions?
fi.'-: No, I don't have any suggestions. I'm sure that the police should be...I'm
not trying to tell them how to run their business, or anything like that,
but what I think they should do is to schedule, as been said here, to sche-
dule where they can patrol this area. What we want is a patrol out here to
#1: Yeah, I think that they should, especially the businessmen here. They should
have a schedule where that they patrol--police checking the business estab-
lishments every thirty minutes or an hour on the hour.
B: Then you don't necessarily care how they work it out as long as they work it
out? Is that right?
1J .: Right. Like he said, checking locks, checking windows, see if they are broke
out or if the windows are up or checking people who are loafing through the
streets around here...several ways that they should be able to tighten down
on vandalism, people that are giving you trouble.
#2: Going back to earlier, if they acquaint theirself with the establishment, if
they see a window broken they would realize that it's something out of the
ordinary. This is what I brought up earlier. If they acquaint theirself with
the neighborhood a little bit, get to know the establishments, if they see
someone they know it's out of the ordinary. This is what most of your cops
do, your good policemen in your cities, and they have a lot of work to do...
that's what they try to do--acquaint, and you see, the least little thing out
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#2: of the ordinary, they know that something's wrong. Like if a door is open--
they know if the door should be open or not. Or if you see somebody out there
working on a car, you should ask him what is he doing--you know what I mean.
Even a car that's stopped, you should inquire about it. You can come out in
this area at almost any time of night, especially after eleven o'clock, and
I don't think you...probably see one ...you don't,
you just, they're absent from somewhere. I don't know where they'd be...they
might be in a high crime area, I don't know, but I know-that:you'd need more
policemen. We're paying a tax on it. They should...and therefore let them
get out of the car--you can't see anything sitting in an automobile. If they're
even patrolling, they ought to get out and check the doors.
B: In other words, you don't know where they are, but you do know they're not in
#1: Lew, this is definitely a big problem. Like he said, I made a point to be...
say, if my motor company, during the late hours, I've been there several times
parked in front of my place for two to three hours and never yet have I seen
a policeman come up to the door or even to see what I was doing there. You
follow me? In fact, I mentioned before I was around the back of my place taking
a part off of my car. I was around there for two hours, had it jacked up, and
I could have been...I could have been...a theft myself, and I would have got
away with it, with even my lights shining on the car I was working on. I could
have been someone stealing, but they...if they would have passed a policeman
he would probably stopped and inquired what I was doing...but ideal, those two
hours...wasn't even passed... the thief, or he didn't care.
B: Right. That's a good point.
#2: What is happening, too--we try to patrol our own section. This is what has been
done, patrolling your own section, you know, like--well, I've got to get up
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#2: at two o'clock and go down and check my business.
#1: Lew, that's a good thing he said. We even...we had it so bad with vandalism
that we even had to hire a night-watchman, it was so bad. We had, like I
said, cars, automobiles being stolen, tires, rims, what have you; they broke
in my place, the back window, knocked it out, and I even lost two cars at
#2: We had an incident happen in the restaurant where they took a safe--rolled a
safe out the back door and left the back door open and didn't know it til we
got back in the next morning.
B: And the police department didn't know a thing about it?
#2: That's right. Well, if they were to if they
were even to circle around like they should, because I know it's impossible
to catch everybody in crime. It's nearly impossible. But if you make your-
self absent from patrol, you encourage these things. If you're seen in a
neighborhood--oh there's a police car. We better be more careful--you know?
B: What of criticism of the Chief of Police?
#1: He knows. He's familiar with what's going on, but he doesn't change his police
department. He won't tell it to fit the needs of west Lumberton. This is one
of these criticisms, things that wd've mentioned here now with the police
force that goes into them, I'm sure he's aware of what's going on and he should
of the big
tell his police to be aware of these things happening, and this is one\ criticisms
that he's getting.
#2: From people that we've talked to up here. They say, "why report it to the
police? They'll never do anything about it." This is the common man
Unsolved things--how many burglaries have been solved out here?
It just seems that the crooks are so much smarter than the police. I know,
again, I said, it's impossible to solve all these things. I know you can't
Continued(page 9) side 2
#2: solve all these things that...again, I emphasize that the negligence of the
police force by not making their rounds, looking at these business establish-
ments is imperative. *.*You want to go down? Let's go down and talk to that
#2: I think we've covered about everything, don't you? Of course, you've got to
edit that and get it...
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B: I would appreciate it if you would summarize what...
#1: Maybe we can, both of us together, can add into, probably, what he said...
B: Covered a lot of territory, didn't we?
#1: Brought up some new facts that we hadn't covered. Are you running your tape
B: Uh huh, no I'm recording now.
#1: Are you recording?
B: Uh huh.
#1: Oh, I didn't know that. Well one thing was brought out that we hadn't even
touched on. None of the people that we talked about was afraid of reprisal.
We ran into this--this happened one time to this gentleman who recorded some-
thing was going on around him and that same night he had vandalism. Twelve
automobiles got glass broken on them because he reported an incident nearby.
We found out that people are a little hesitant to make reports, be named when
they make a complaint, and they say that they're afraid of reprisal from the
police force, that they will never get any actions on it. There's one case
in particular where two people was in this little station. They called one
police--they were cutting each other--they called one police, called the police,
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#1: he came out there himself and then he called another police. They in turn
called another precinct. Three police cars. Now, this is a little building,
and they would not go in this place, and they were cutting each other. Three...
three men, now, three police cars was there. They finally got their gas, went
back uptown, now they were still in there fighting, cutting each other, they
went back uptown and got their gas, and throwed gas in there. The only way,
to them, was this...to do something...it seemed to be that the policemen are
afraid, are not trained to handle a situation. We ran into this considerable...
quite many times. They don't know, they undecided just what to do, and this
was probably, seemed to me, the training. What do you think about that? Don't
you think it's the training, that they haven't, they don't know how to handle
one given situation?
B: Right, it seems something like this. You remember he also mentioned in connec-
tion with these people who were cutting each other...
#1: That's the same instance.
B: ...that a lady tried to break it up and got her hand cut.
#1: Yeah, trying to take the knife away from him. And they wouldn't go in there...
B: And she was the only one who would try to break up this fracas, this cutting
#1: Tried to take the knife away from one of them and got her hand cut. And they
also seem to think that a lot of the policemen...the reason we don't have them
out in this particular section, they're way across the river, out of the city,
visiting some club over there that you can see cars, police cars, quite often
over in this club. I'm sure they're not off duty. Maybe it's a bad club and
they have to have the law enforcement from another county to go in...I mean,
from another city to go in and take care of it. But it's any given time that
you can see a city police car out of the city, across the river, visiting this
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#1: place, or arbitrating it. Another incident was brought up...let's see...that
a lady was begging for assistance from a policeman. Someone had taken her
keys and she was crying...a young girl, seventeen year old, was very upset.
Somebody had taken her keys and wouldn't give them back. She was visiting
some neighbors and he wouldn't give her keys back, said, "You have to go to
bed with me." This was quoted to the police. She ran away, got away from
him, came out to the highway and had this gentleman to call the police, and
the gentleman...the police got out there forty minutes later and told them
he couldn't do nothing about it, going down there to get her keys from her.
But through persuasion, quite a bit of persuasion, I think he did go with her...
It seemed like that the people have to...that the people are patrolling their
own business, regardless what business they in. They either have a night
watchman, or they patrol it. This instance...this gentleman has his cars stolen
repeatedly, and he set in there with 4,..he called, tried to get protection,
till he finally set in with his shotgun, and they...and...to drive them away
from his lot, from stealing his cars. What was another incident?
B: Did he say there's a number of people who this is the only protection that they
have? That businesses have to use shotguns or whatever to protect themselves.
They have no police protection at all.
#1: It seemed to be, each businessman that we talked to that's had break-ins, van-
dalism, that he relies on his own patrol, and get up from bed at night and
drive out to his place and watch it closely, which, we feel, that the policemen
should be able to do it. I mean, should be able to protect a man's place
where he could have one good night's sleep.
B: If he has to do that he certainly doesn't feel like working, that's for sure.
#1: Let's see...this is about general opinions that we have gathered, but we
also know that this man will work here, in a committee, and this cuts...I mean,
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#1: will be open for...he will be welcome to be questioned by any of the law
enforcement officers, or make a statement...
B: Or in the committee?
#1: ...I think the best would, say, Lew, make a statement for public record, if
necessary. That's about all. You can cut it now if you want to, we'll take
over some...can you think of anything else more while we fresh on the subject?
You might want to add?
B: Not right off. It was a little shocking that businesses do have to go to these
extremes in protecting themselves, you know. And that these police cars are
never seen in this part of town. We haven't talked to anybody yet who tells
us about seeing any patrol cars.
#1: At a certain given hour.
B: Yes. And there seem to be more police on duty during the daytime than in the
night. That was brought out. That's all I can think of right now.
B: Some of the things we've heard, by the way, were references to the Chief of
Police and these were not references stating their trust or anything. They
were references referring to his "inadequacy, or incompetence" you know,
adjectives like this.
#1: It was also mentioned that the older officers...it's just generally been told
that the older officers think he's not adequate for his position, that he's
incompetent, that he's not trained his young men to take over situations.
They arrive for about a week and then they are turned loose on their own.
This has been quoted by the older men that's being overworked.
B: And the complete lack of organization. This wasn't said in so many words, but
do you think it was implied?
#1: Yeah, he said that. He said that a lot of people have quit this force because
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#1: of the uncooperation. They're disorganized. He mentioned that.
B: People aren't assigned to specific places at specific times, or anything like
this. It seems to be a helter-skelter kind of operation, you know. Everybody
takes off and goes where he pleases and spends the time wherever he pleases
and it just seems very disorganized, according to this description.
#1: His description.
#1: I mean, his comments. You find it, Lew, in travelling over cities that people
are...the citizens are not...the citizens are very angry because of the pro-
tection, they think they should be having, like businesses afraid to be open
late at night, the absence of patrol cars in a given area encourages vandalism,
B: Right. And they seem to feel that this is exactly why there is so much vandal-
ism and so much unsolved crime and they are indignant. They...the people
we've talked to express strong indignation and it seems to me...how about you?
#1: Yeah, most people that we've talked to, they feel that they're not getting the
police protection that they must...I think it would be...I think...my opinion
of what I've heard, these things should be brought into a committee to study
these things, to report over a period of time. I was hoping that the great
City Council of Lumberton would appoint a committee to study these things, these
crimes and the complaints they had in certain areas about the policemen. And
this little time that you've spent here, in a couple of hours, you have given,
and most of the people that you've talked to have been so up in arms about the
protection...I think the committee...the Mayor or somebody ought to appoint a
committee and recommend to the City Council, or let the City Coucil know some
of these things. I'm surprised that a city this large, an all-American city,
can be so much disruption, I mean, corruption in, it seemed like, in the
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#1: police force.
B: There were references to corruption, very definite references and expressions
of doubt as to the trustworthiness of the,police department in general, or
would you think this is references to the police chief, in particular?
#1: Well, I feel, that in talking to these people, getting them together, that
the people are...they're not singling out a policeman. It seemed like it all
falls on the lack of organizing in this police force. The cars would be seen,
the policeman visiting places that he shouldn't be, out of his car, and where
if he got a call, how would he know it, you know? It seemed like the police,
they have directives to go by. I'm sure the chief, he should give people...
tell his men that you ought to stay with your automobile. If a crime is
committed, if a man's in the house how can he hear his radio? If he's
visiting...if he's out on his farm looking at his sheep...it just don't make
sense to me. How can you keep a good police force...and most, several people
have told us about people going visiting, policemen visiting or using their
car, using the public vehicle on a personal visit, to visit their friends
B: Right, and one thing I noticed that we didn't have any reference to at all
by anybody that we talked to during the entire day was any grudge held by any-
body against anybody. It wasn't a matter of grudges, it was a matter of con-
cern about protection of their property and this sort of thing. No mention of
a grudge made by anybody,
#1: I don't think that...I follow that, but I concur with you a hundred per cent.
We didn't run into anybody that had a grudge or grudges. If it was a grudge
it was more a complaint form to me. If you could say that was a grudge, I
don't think...well a grudge would be...
B: Well, that wouldn't be a grudge. We heard plenty of complaints but no reference...
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B: nobody had any ill feeling against any individual that we talked to, you know.
#1: I couldn't detect it, could you?
B: No, not at all. This is one thing I sort of listen for, you know, and it
just didn't...it didn't materialize, and there was no off-reference or any-
thing else that would indicate this, so perhaps this was some official's
opinion-on it, you know.
#1: If you want to indulge on that line of thinking, I don't know what we might
could'just touch on it, maybe one sentence, maybe touch on it, but we're not
here to attack any individual. We're not...because of the council meeting
here...we're not here to...we interviewed citizen who was concerned. Well,
in interviewing you could mention that we haven't met one, there was no
mention, no grudges, there seemed to be. Yeah, you could use that.
B: We didn't hear any reference at all to any grudge by anybody against anybody.
#1: Of any of the policemen.
#1: Of any of the policemen here.
B: Right. The complaints were not of a personal nature, really, at all. They
#1: Concerned, mostly, the people we interviewed has been concerned businessmen.
B: Right, concerned about their property and concerned about their safety, con-
cerned about the safety of citizens, and things of this nature, you know?
This seems to be the...
#1: Yeah, no one is...I don't...no one is trying to indict...we're just...the people
seemed to be concerned from a viewpoint of being protected, needing protection.
The place, for instance, to be checked nightly, or police cars seen in the
neighborhood at all times of the night, not in a little given period of time.
This has been the things that's been involved.
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B: Could you detect any attitude toward the chief of police, or could you sum-
marize any attitude thatAcame into contact with? Or have you thought about
#1: No, it's...there might have been one that was very down on him, because he
had reason to be.
B: Little bit disgusted with...
#1: And very disgusted. Some of the things happened that...it seems that it was
much farther than what we ever got on. We had never thought of retaliation,
by making...when you call the police and have to follow things up. It seemed
to be another thing, though, of the police force. Not often...we had talked
to one man about making fingerprints, which is a normal thing to do in an
automobile stealing, and I know that from my own personal thing, I had my
house broken into, and detectives down there, and there wasn't a single
fingerprint made. I have never seen a fingerprint made here.
B: I wonder if they have a fingerprint man at all? Or anybody who is able to...
#1: I wouldn't know, I wouldn't know. I think that he could be...now this...the
chief of police is expert in fingerprinting, but I wouldn't think that he'd
have time to make these calls, but he must have someone in there that could
make these...could make fingerprints. There must be somebody in our all-
American city...in as big a...in the metropolitan...as big as Lumberton has
grown and the progress they have made, it seems to me that they would have a
fingerprint expert. Again, I...it just seems that...I'm not trying to solve
the police problems, or anything about it, but the citizens are not...I don't
think they have made an attempt. They have recommended a few things they
thought would be nice to have, like having a fingerprint expert. They undoubt-
edly don't have one because they don't never make them. If they come out and
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#1: somebody breaks in a door they don't make a fingerprint. I've known of no
case, and Steve, on the earlier tape, he said that he'd been broke in three
times, they never made fingerprints, did they?
B: He didn't mention any fingerprints at all. As a matter of fact, they did
very little. If they came out their and investigated it at all.
#1: That was an effort, it seemed to me, on their part.
B: Right. It seems to be a matter of indifference or neglect, or both, inadequacy,
incompetence, things like this, it seems that this seems to cover the whole
thing, doesn't it?
#1: It seems.
B: References to imcompetence in the police department, and particularly in ref-
erence to the police chief between you and me. People seem almost to be sorry
for the man, that he's an asenine man, between you and me, in a high position,
and doesn't know how to handle it, you know.
#1: This is the general thing that I'm pretty sure of...
B: If anything, they seem to be sorry for him because of this.
#1: They do, seem to be, that maybe he is a nice individual. I...you know, this
is what, when we say personal grudge. Most of the people thinks he's a nice
individual but there's the lack of leadership in his department that's what
has been criticized.
B: People are very doubtful that he could put his finger on any person in his
department at any given time if he had to lay hold of one of his men, it would
be very doubtful...unless...I won't say that...oh my...