INVESTIGATIONS: Kent State Reopened

The fatal shooting of four Kent State University students by Ohio National Guardsmen in May 1970 is a tragedy that has never been satisfactorily explained, and until recently there was little hope that it ever would be. The state grand jury that investigated the killings indicted 25 students and others for acts of rioting and other violations, some of which presumably provoked the Guardsmen's rifle fire; 23 of them were eventually cleared. None of the Guardsmen or their officers were ever legally charged with violations, though their conduct was sharply criticized by...

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