Police officers in the US city of Dallas clashed with protesters who gathered around Dealey Plaza to mark the 50th anniversary of US President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Video footage posted on YouTube showed clashes between police and activists on Friday as a somber crowd gathered under rainy skies for the first official anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.
Kennedy was shot as his motorcade was moving through Dallas on November 22, 1963.
After he was pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital, his Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States and ordered a federal commission to investigate the assassination.
Headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, the commission became known as the Warren Commission.
The Warren Commission concluded that three shots had been fired, all by a single shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspect assassin of John F. Kennedy
Oswald had been arrested the same day that Kennedy was shot. He was charged with the murder of the president and killing a Dallas police officer approximately 45 minutes after he shot Kennedy.
Two days later on Nov. 24, 1963, as Oswald was being transferred from police headquarters to the country jail, he was shot dead by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
Lee Harvey Oswald was shot dead two days after he was arrested
According to the Warren Commission, Oswald had acted alone and had fired three shots from the sixth floor of a building behind Kennedy’s Limousine.
However, a video recording of Kennedy’s assassination, taken by Abraham Zapruder, shows after Kennedy grasps for his throat, his head moves violently backwards, a reaction more typical of being shot from the front.