Winston-Salem, N.C. — Klansmen, Nazis acquitted in Greensboro rights case
A federal jury acquitted nine Ku Klux Klansmen and Nazis Sunday of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Communist protesters during 88 seconds of gunfire in Greensboro, N.C., on Nov. 3, 1979.
The all-white jury also found the defendants innocent of civil rights violations that resulted in five deaths and seven injuries during an anti-Klan rally in a black neighborhood.
Two Klan defendants were further acquitted of conspiring to obstruct justice by stopping the flow of information between their associates and criminal investigators.
Six Klan members and Nazis were acquitted in 1983 of murder and felonious rioting at the Greensboro rally.