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Police Near Scene Not Told Klan Was Approaching

Date: November 4, 1979

Author: Charles Babington

Biographical/Historical abstract: Charles Babington was a Greensboro Daily News staff writer who covered the Novemeber 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march that took place in Greensboro and left five of the protesters dead.

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Description: In this November 4, 1979, article from the Greensboro Daily News, staff writer Charles Babington reports that Greensboro police were unaware that armed men were approaching the November 3, 1979, "Death to the Klan" rally, at which five members if the Communist Workers Party (CWP) were killed. Despite surveillance that might have alerted them, Greensboro Police Chief William Swing and Captain James Hampton cited miscommunications that kept officers from understanding what was about to happen. Swing also noted that even though officers realized there was potential for violence, they had no reason to stop the suspected KKK members prior to the incident as no law had been violated.

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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Miscellaneous Collection - J.A. Armfield Papers

Repository: Greensboro Historical Museum

Item#: 9.69.1230

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