Helicopter Disrupted Memphis Police Helicopters' Efforts to Prevent
Rioting in Memphis
February 24th 2006
On March 28, 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a protest march on Main Street in
Memphis Tennessee when all hell broke loose. He had come to Memphis
to help the garbage collection employees of the city of Memphis in
their strike for better wages and safer working conditions.
collectors had been seriously hurt and some killed due to the lack
of training and dangerous trucks they worked on. They were paid
meagerly by the city and most of them were black. Martin Luther King
Jr. was asked to come and help them and he did.
realized that the danger wasn't just for the garbage workers but
within a week of this day that started out as a march and ended up
in rioting and mayhem King himself would be shot down and killed in
Now April 4, 1968
lives in infamy but the day that really set the framework for the
coming tragedy was this day when gunshots began ringing out in
Memphis in the mid-morning and continued until ate in the evening.
Below is a
partial reprinting of the police call log for that day and some
notes by Special
Investigator Gary Revel.
11:17 am: Memphis
Police Helicopter 201 reports a 3rd helicopter interfering with
police helicopters "came within 100 feet of us.". This indicates
that the 2nd police helicopter was in the air by the time this 3rd
mystery helicopter interfered with the Memphis police.
11:21 Peace and
order continue to decline with 'marchers' "breaking out windows,
"tearing up everything" at Second and Beale and Main and Gayoso.
"They're running in all directions."
Holloman places call to Chief of Tennessee Highway Patrol, Greg
O'Rear. Things continue to deteriorate.
11:24 March held
up and 15 to 20 persons attacking a car at Front south of Beale.
Helicopter order motorcycle officers to clear everyone off streets
in front of march.
421 reports group breaking windows at Main and McCall.
reported breaking windows and looting York Arms Co. at 162 South Main. Then Asst. Chief Lux reports that "march seems to have
at his point." (In an operational scenario this would be evidence
that the mission had been successful and now ended. Later we would
learn that at least 2 rifles had been stolen at this time. They
happened to be the same make and model as the rifle James Earl Ray
had recently purchased in Alabama. A week later James Earl Ray
would go to this same store and purchase some items at the request
of 'Raoul'.) It is reported that Martin Luther King Jr. and the
Reverend Lawson requested a police car to take them from the area.
Police Chief Mcdonald orders march broken up at the request of
officers on the scene.
ask assistance at Main and Beale. Looting of stores at Third and
11:32 And now
city of Memphis Director of the Police and Fire Departments, Frank
Holloman 'tells' Mayor Henry Loeb, "You call the Governor and I'll
call in the guard." (The fact that an appointed city department head
could usurp the legal authority vested in the Governor of any state
in these United States to call in the National Guard at his word is
disturbing and significant in many different scenarios. There is
much to learn from the call logs of that day and the following days
of MLK's murder and the so-called 'investigations' that followed.
The call logs are evidence of multiplicity in a conspiracy to kill
Martin Luther King Jr. and derail the following investigation with
the singular purpose of putting James Earl Ray in prison for the
Frank Holloman is
the man who oversaw the operation and the only man who could have
done it and gotten away with it due to his unique appointed position
of 'Director of the Police and Fire Department'. It just so happens
that he also was a close friend of then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
and had worked closely with him on other assignments.)
Born in Florala Alabama on June 29, 1949. His mother divorced
his father when he was 5 years old and he grew up in Florida; taught himself
guitar and formed a rock ‘n roll band at 15, graduated HCHS in Bonifay,
Florida, at 18 he joined the United States Navy, was honorably discharged in
1969, went to Hollywood California where he wrote and recorded songs then to
New York City and Memphis, Tennessee and then back home to Florida where he
met and married Linda Marie Willis. They soon moved to Nashville, Tennessee
where their first son, Gary Revel Jr. was born. Gary and Linda Revel now
have 6 children with 3 being born in Nashville Tennessee where Gary worked
as a songwriter and special investigator on the MLK assassination and the
oldest who were born in Los Angeles, California.
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