Interview with Ray Girardin, former Detroit Police Commissioner, Part 3

Part Three: Detroit Police Commissioner Girardin describes the first days of the 1967 Riot, including: Black militancy, media coverage; the Michigan National Guard; snipers; fatalities; attacks on the Detroit Fire Department; perceived threats on public works; Police Emergency Reserve; the feeling in the city the night before the civil unrest began, the changing demographics of the 12th Street area. Note: Contains profanity.

Interview with Ray Girardin conducted by Maurice Kelman in August, 1971.