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NC city asked to regret 1979 Klan shootings

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GREENSBORO — Greensboro City Council will be asked for a statement of regret about the deadly 1979 Klan shootings during a Communist Workers Party march.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday the city’s Human Relations Commission request comes after it spent a year studying a report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that investigated the shootings.

Reconciliation has been a contentious issue and previous city council votes have opposed the process.

The shooting killed five people and injured 10 others. Several Klansmen were acquitted of murder charges at a state trial. A civil trial found the Klan, the American Nazi Party and the Greensboro Police Department jointly liable for the deaths. The city paid $350,000.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Greensboro City Council will be asked for a statement of regret about the deadly 1979 Klan shootings during a Communist Workers Party march.

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