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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XV - Page 52« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Capt. Glen D. King)

Mr. Hubert.
Will you stand and raise your right hand? Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you are about to give in this matter will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Captain KING. I do.
Mr. Hubert.
Will you please state your name?
Captain KING. Glen D. King.
Mr. Hubert.
And your age?
Captain KING. I am 39.
Mr. Hubert.
Your address?
Captain KING. I live at 519 Goldwood, Dallas 32, Tex.
Mr. Hubert.
What is your occupation, sir?
Captain KING. Police officer with the city of Dallas.
Mr. Hubert.
And how long have you been so employed?
Captain KING. I was first employed on August 2, 1948.
Mr. Hubert.
And have you been with the police department continuously since then?
Captain KING. No; I have not. I left the department in, I think it was 1950, and was gone approximately 11 months, and returned in 1951; and I have been with the department continuously since that date.
Mr. Hubert.
Was that a resignation from the department?
Captain KING. It was a resignation from the department and I entered into private business.
Mr. Hubert.
It was voluntary?
Captain KING. Yes.
Mr. Hubert.
And did you start at the bottom, as it were?
Captain KING. Yes; as a patrolman.
Mr. Hubert.
I notice that in the report of the proceedings at which you made a speech, I think, in Washington, there was a description of you and your career given and I am going to read it into the record here and ask you if it is correct.
You were introduced as follows: That you are an administrative assistant to Chief Curry and that you are a former newspaper man, that you were a police reporter on the Dallas Morning News when you joined the police department in 1948; that you have served in every division of the department until you have risen to the position you now hold; that you had studied journalism in college at the University of Texas and SMU; that you have attended a number of police institutes and lectured at some of them; that you have written in the field of political science and that you are the author of two books and numerous magazine articles; is that all correct, sir?
Captain KING. Sir, this is correct.
Mr. Hubert.
What was your specific assignment on November 22 and for some months or weeks or whatever it was prior to that date, the year being 1963?
Captain KING. As the administrative assistant to the chief, one of my primary responsibilities is press relations and public relations also. On the date of November 22 I was asked to remain in the administrative offices while other members of the administrative staff were going to be absent on their assignments, and I was asked to stay in the administrative offices.
Mr. Hubert.
I would like for you to describe for the record just under normal circumstances just what the functions and duties and responsibilities of your position are.
Captain KING. There are, of course, a lot of rather dissimilar or separated functions of the office.
Mr. Hubert.
I am particularly interested in the ones dealing with press relations and public relations.
Captain KING. As I say, the office our office is the unit of the department that is charged with the efforts of the department for public relations and it is the office to which the local newsmen know they can come to receive any assistance that they need in their work. It is one in which they can register complaints against the department and procedures of the department and the treatment that they receive, or it is one to which they can come to secure information on things they are investigating.
Mr. Hubert.
In other words, there is a setup-a central spot--where every newsman can get the information and information will be gotten for him?
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