The Head of the United States National Guard, General Winston Wilson, yesterday (Friday) defended the action of guardsman in the face of demonstrations on University campuses.
GV INTERIOR..Court of inquiry
CU Major General W.P. Wilson of National Guard Bureau speaks
SCU Weapons on display
SV ZOOM IN TO SCU.. Revius Ortique speaks
GV INTERIOR..Court of inquiry (2 shots)
SEQ. 2: "Guardsmen have withstood the verbal abuse of angry mobs. They have suffered the indignity of many other forms of abuse. I can guarantee you indeed that these men would not wish a similar experience on anyone. I might add that from my experience in watching them and in my reviews of their actions on hundreds of occasions, to say the most outstanding impression I get is that they're patient men, professional in action and brave in the face of real danger and concerned with the protection of the rights of all citizens. The dangers they face on duty are real. This rock, gentlemen, that I'm holding in my hand was one that landed among police and guardsmen at Berkeley. It weights four pounds ant it was propelled into the formation by a man who made slingshot. Some other devices we have and the police have faced up to these disturbances also are on display here".
SEQ. 4: "The sum total of those weapons are not significant to me except that they were weapons. Certainly not significant in terms of four students being killed at Kent and students being killed at Jackson."
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Background: The Head of the United States National Guard, General Winston Wilson, yesterday (Friday) defended the action of guardsman in the face of demonstrations on University campuses.
General Wilson was testifying before the Scranton Commission, ordered by President Nixon to find a remedy for student violence before the autumn. The Commission, headed by former Governor William W. Scranton, was created in the shocked aftermath of campus violence following the American incursion into Cambodia. Four students were killed by National Guard bullets at Ohio's Kent State University and two by police fire at Jackson State College, Mississippi.
General Wilson said:
A member of the Commission, Mr Revius Ortique, said: