Telegram to the Governor of Maryland in Response to His Request for Federal Troops in Baltimore.
IN RESPONSE to your official request that federal troops be sent to assist local and state police and the Maryland National Guardsmen under your command and on your representation that "under existing circumstances, the law enforcement resources of the state are unable to suppress the serious domestic violence in or near the city of Baltimore, State of Maryland," I have already directed the troops you requested to proceed at once to Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. They will be available on arrival for immediate deployment as required to support and assist police and the Maryland National Guard forces.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
[Honorable Spiro T. Agnew, Governor, State of Maryland, Annapolis, Maryland]
Note: The President's telegram was in response to Governor Agnew's telegram of the same date requesting Federal troops to aid in suppressing domestic violence in Baltimore (4 Weekly Comp. Pres. Docs. p. 660).
Also on April 7 the President signed Proclamation 3842 "Law and Order in the State of Maryland" and Executive Order 11405 "Providing for the Restoration of Law and Order in the State of Maryland" (4 Weekly Comp. Pres. Docs., pp. 660, 661; 33 F.R. 5499, 5505; 3 CFR, 1968 Comp., pp. 36, 109).
See also Items 179, 180, 183.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Telegram to the Governor of Maryland in Response to His Request for Federal Troops in Baltimore. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/237948