Report Blames Police for Deaths at a ' 79 Rally in North Carolina

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A grass-roots commission that investigated the 1979 shooting deaths of five communist organizers by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party laid the bulk of blame for the violence on Thursday on the Greensboro police, who knew that the white supremacists had planned to attend the "Death to the Klan" march, but failed to take action.

The "single most important element that contributed to the violent outcome of the confrontation was the absence of police" from the Nov. 3, 1979, march, the panel, the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, wrote in a summary of its report.

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