Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Demand an impartial investigation into the shooting instigated by the Ohio National Guard, killing protesting students
On May 4, 1970, now known as the May 4 Massacre or Kent State Killings, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot to death by the Ohio National Guard during an anti-Vietnam war protest on the campus parking lot. The National Guard recklessly fired between 61 and 67 shots into the crowd, killing the four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. Some of the students shot were protestors and some were random passersby. No one has ever been held accountable for these crimes, and the United States government continually denies any responsibility for the deaths of these young people.
There has never been an impartial investigation into this massacre, even after undeniable forensic evidence emerged in 2010 that leads to direct government involvement in the killings. For forty-four years, those guilty of this hideous abuse of power, attack on civil liberties, and gross violation of human rights have gone free.
Our government continues its intrusive, “Big Brother”-like surveillance of anti-war protesters today while we continue to passively allow these violations of rights and liberties. In the past fifty years, we have seen reports of violent and abusive police forces increase across the country, with anti-democratic policies such as Stop and Frisk, which constantly violate the freedom of everyday citizens. In this country we are supposed to have the right to peaceably assemble. If the government is free to maim and murder American citizens while they are exercising their civil and constitutional rights, then we are living in a police state.
Please sign this petition to urge an impartial federal investigation into these crimes and demand justice for the peaceful protesters killed in cold blood forty-four years ago.
Dear President Barack Obama,
On May 4, 1970, four young students were shot and killed at Kent State University in Ohio by the Ohio National Guard. Nine others were wounded. While some of these students were simply passersby, some were protesting the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon’s Cambodian Campaign. They were doing nothing more than exercising their constitutional rights to peaceably assemble.
Since 1970, there have been no arrests or discipline and absolutely no justice for the students killed in this massacre. The Ohio National Guard has not been held responsible and no impartial investigation has been held to look into these killings. This actions and inactions are reminiscent of police states and tyrannical dictatorships.
We demand an investigation into these killings, and that justice be served for those killed and their families. We cannot allow this kind of tyranny in the United States of America.
[Your Name Here]
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