Rough Days and Dangerous Nights
DURING THE FIRST WEEKS of the struggle, each side accused the other of using violence. Joe Azbell reported in the Advertiser that, according to Police Commissioner Clyde Sellers, many blacks were "threatened with physical violence" and "goon squads" were on patrol to keep them from riding buses. Sellers said that many people, white and black, throughout Montgomery were afraid. "I and members of the police department have gotten these reports and I assure anyone who has any idea of using goon-squad tactics that they will be arrested and brought to trial."
A Montgomery City Lines driver, George Henderson, said that his bus, traveling on Early and Hill streets in a black neighborhood, had been fired at six times. Police said a large-caliber pistol was used. A shot smashed the bus window about two feet from Henderson. Another struck the side of the bus. At the time, no passengers were on board.
H. A. Burks, another bus driver, told police that his vehicle had been hit twice by gunfire while traveling on Holcombe and Jeff Davis streets. One shot broke out a window. Police found