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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XII - Page 128« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Capt. Cecil E. Talbert)

Mr. Hubert.
Captain TALBERT. No, sir; and the only--hold it a minute. I want--there was an extra police officer standing--still wanted in ?
Mr. Hubert.
Well, all right. (Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Hubert.
Is there anything else yon would like to add other than what we have talked about?
Captain TALBERT. My primary concern that morning was with the crowd control, the mob control. Our warning had been against a possible larger group of people taking Ruby away from the officers. They had told the
Mr. Hubert.
You mean Oswald?
Captain TALBERT. I'm sorry. Taking Oswald away from the officers. They had been told, the person who answered the phone in the FBI office, that he wanted the information transmitted to the .police department that no police officers would be injured, and, of course, that was discounted as no police officer being injured by it, but nevertheless, the crowd action was highly probable, and our primary objective was to prevent, or control, crowd action. I had a total of three gas grenade kits and projectile kits in the basement, that is my own, and the officer's riot guns, if that becomes necessary, although, the crowd can be controlled by gas if we couldn't do it with brute force, we could do it with gas. But the event that did occur, where one person dashed out of a crowd and shot a person and literally laid down, said, "Here I am. I did it," in pride was rather stunning.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, captain, have you been interviewed by any member of the Commission other than the interview that you have had with me?
Captain TALBERT. No, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
AS to the interview with me, now, there was one yesterday, I think that is about it, is that right?
Captain TALBERT. That's right.
Mr. Hubert.
They--the one with you yesterday and this one has been the only interview?
Captain TALBERT. The only interview has been with you yesterday.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, is there anything that you can think of between the deposition you have given today and the interview we had, which is inconsistent with one another?
Captain TALBERT. No, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Have you, or did you provide any material or facts in any of the interviews which haven't been developed on the record?
Captain TALBERT. No, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
All right. Then one final thing; is there anything else you wish to say?
Captain TALBERT. I don't think there is anything else I could say that would add materially to your investigation, sir. It is--if there were, I'd be delighted to do so.
Mr. Hubert.
If something should occur to you which has not been covered here or in any other report, I want you to feel free to contact us and tell us that you want to add what should be added.
Captain TALBERT. I would do so immediately. There is no one more concerned with finding out how Ruby got in the basement to shoot Oswald than myself, so, I am with you. I would love to find out how he got there.
Mr. Hubert.
I certainly thank you, and on behalf of the Commission, I want to thank you for your cooperation and time.

Charles Oliver Arnett

Testimony of Charles Oliver Arnett

The testimony of Charles Oliver Arnett was taken at 8 p.m., on March 25, 1964, in the office of the U.S. attorney, 301 Post Office Building, Bryan and Ervay Streets Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Burr W. Griffin, assistant counsel of the President's Commission. Robert T. Davis, assistant attorney general of Texas, was present.
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