Cleveland Plain Dealer
Oct 10, 2010
CLEVELAND, Ohio — U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich is launching a congressional inquiry into an altercation and apparent pistol fire that occurred about 70 seconds before Ohio National Guardsmen shot students and antiwar protesters on May 4, 1970.
The violent clash and four shots from a .38-caliber revolver were captured by a student’s tape recorder, placed in a dormitory window. The sounds of the altercation recently were discovered by Stuart Allen, a forensic audio expert who analyzed the 40-year-old tape at The Plain Dealer’s request. The newspaper reported Allen’s findings Friday.
Kucinich, who chairs a House sub-committee with oversight of the FBI and Justice Department, said the paper’s account prompted his inquiry.
“Kent State had such a grave effect on this nation, we owe it to the American people to have a thorough inquiry,” he said in an interview. “This story about new evidence makes it mandatory that we gather information and ask questions.