"200 police line march route"
“"200 police line march route".” Digital Gallery. BGSU University Libraries, 18 June 2020, digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/collections/item/17456. Accessed 15 May 2021.
|Title||"200 police line march route"|
|Subject||Bowling Green State University -- Students -- Political activity|
|Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970|
|Description||An article in the BG News discussing police presence at a candlelight march held in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio.|
|Source||BG News; Center for Archival Collections; University Libraries; Bowling Green State University|
|Publisher||Bowling Green State University|
|Spatial Coverage||Bowling Green (Ohio)|
STUDENTS CARRY torches and a coffin in memory of the four students killed at Kent State University. 7,000 students joined the parade though downtown Bowling Green on Wednesday night. The theme of the protest was "Remember Kent."
200 police line march route
More than 200 policemen lined the route of march for Wednesday night's non-violent candlelight parade. Rumors of tourble caused the large police build-up said Wood County Sheriff Earl Rife.
"We received reports from University employees, Campus Security, our own deputies, and we thought we had cause for concern," said the sheriff.
"We're not so much worried about the University students as we are about outside, professional agitation," he explained.
The sheriff mentioned reports about Black Panthers, farm labor organizers, and other groups he said "had no business being on the campus.
The sheriff had officers in full riot gear surrounding the County Jail and parking lot after reports that people might try to storm the jail.
"Some of the extra men I called in did violate my instructions and move out to the sidewalk along Court Street, but they wanted to watch the parade as much as anyone," said Sheriff Rife.
The Sheriff added the parade came off "beautifully," and said University students had a right to be proud of their peaceful demonstration.
Lawmen on the scene came from six countries, some from as far as 60 miles from Bowling Green, and as many cities and townships. There were no reports of any major disturbances that evening.