Early in the war, correspondent Eric Sevareid gave a speech in an Alabama auditorium that was connected to the local police station. As Sevareid was walking through the station, a policeman literally dragged in a young black woman and began to search her. According to Sevareid:

It was a methodical, deliberate, and quite sexless act-like a man carefully looking through the hair of a hound for ticks. He pulled open her blouse front, felt under her breasts, carefully patted her waist, pulled out the sweater, and thrust his hand down into the front of her skirt. All through this performance she remained inert, her expressionless eyes blankly regarding a wall. It was not inhuman, but unhuman, and therein lay the immeasurable brutality, not of man to man but of species to species.