Kent State Shooting Tape Released, Shows Order to Shoot
Bump and Update: You can listen to the tape here.
Original Post 4/30
Kent State Shooting Victim Asks for Re-opening of Investigation
May 4 marks the 37th anniversary of the shooting deaths of students at Kent State University. I write about it every year.
This year, there is news, and one of those injured in the shootings says he has new taped evidence to show there was an order given to open fire.
Alan Canfora, who was wounded in the right wrist during the 1970 anti-war protest, said he recently requested a government copy of the nearly 30-minute tape stored in the Yale University archive.
Just before a 13-second barrage of gunfire, a voice on the tape yells, "Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!" Canfora said.
The tape will be released at a news conference tomorrow.
It's important to remember what the students were protesting that day: On Thursday, April 30, 1970, President Richard Nixon told the American people that we were sending troops into Cambodia. He had been elected on his promise to end the war. Rallies began around the country on May 1.
As I wrote in 2004,
I remember where I was that day....I had just returned home from college in Ann Arbor to begin my summer job at the local record store. The news spread like wildfire, even without internet, email and cable tv. We all wore black armbands at work the entire next week and the music we played in the store reflected our anger.
Four years later (30 years ago today) May 4, 1974, I was sworn in as a lawyer to the Colorado bar and began my career as a defender of constitutional rights and the accused. Without a doubt, the draft lottery, the Vietnam war, LBJ, Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon were factors in my choice, and I'm proud to say I've never once looked back to question it.
Here's a poignant, first-hand account of what transpired that day at Kent State.
And, as to Kent State's relevance today:
Check out the Kent State University Library archive collection for more photos, news, analysis and first hand accounts.
To forgive is a virtue, but forgetting is an indulgence we can ill afford. Our foreign policy establishment remains addicted to empire, and is possessed by a hubris that is arguably even greater than the one that got us into Vietnam. Until they learn the lessons that the anti-war movement tried to teach them, we can expect more Vietnams ahead of us.
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