9. National Guard Members Kill War Protesters at Kent State
College: Kent State University
City: Kent, OH
Number of People Involved: ~2,000
In what may go down as the most infamous riot response in history, members of the National Guard fired 67 rounds at a northern Ohio crowd protesting the invasion of Cambodia in April 1970. Following President Nixon's announcement of the operation to invade, students on the Kent State campus poured into the streets in opposition, prompting city officials to declare a state of emergency. Days passed during which small fires were set, window fronts were destroyed, and an ROTC building on campus was set ablaze. On May 4, members of the Ohio National Guard ditched the tear gas and bayonets for guns and bullets. Four protesters were killed, and nine were injured.