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Source: NBC NEWS
July 25, 2013
Congratulations Detective Leavelle.
I agree accolades for all of those guys back then are long overdue. Without the ability to use technology that exist today they really did get it right. Had it not been for a San Francisco reporter named Connrad, not even in Dallas at the time, reporting things people heard and then told him, there would be no controversy today.
Long overdue. Congrats Det. Leavelle.
Very interesting :)
A Congressional Investigation from 1976-1979 found a "probable conspiracy" in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and recommended the Justice Department investigate further. As of 1991, the Justice Department has done nothing. The files of the House Select Committee on Assassinations are locked away until the year 2029.
The Assassination Records Review Board
President Clinton meeting with the Assassination Records Review Board.It was left to President Clinton to appoint the members of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB). Five members, headed by John Tunheim. After a period of recalcitrance by the CIA and FBI, and destruction of documents by the Secret Service early in the Board's term, the ARRB went on to oversee declassification of millions of pages of formerly-secret records.
WHAT IS THERE TO FEAR FROM THE TRUTH ! truth should never be kept this secret!
Back in 2011, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown presented a Citizen's Certificate of Merit to Johnny Brewer Calvin for leading police to the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald. AP Photo: Jeffrey McWhorter
Talking of digging up the past...wonder who bought this macabre souvenir and where it now resides.
Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Coffin To Be Auctioned At Nate D. Sanders' In Brentwood
BRENTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Lee Harvey Oswald's original pine coffin, which is being auctioned at Nate D. Sanders' is seen at Nate D. Sanders' on December 14, 2010 in Brentwood, California. The auction ends Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
DALLAS -- The man in the cowboy hat seen handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald in the iconic photo of Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby was honored Tuesday for his decades of service to the Dallas police force and community.
Detective Jim Leavelle, who is 92 and long-retired, was given the Police Commendation Award during a ceremony at the department's headquarters. Police Chief David Brown also announced that the department's Detective of the Year Award will now carry Leavelle's name.
"My years with the police department, I enjoyed every one of them," Leavelle told those who came to honor him.
Leavelle joined the police force in April 1950 and retired from active service in April 1975. He was among the lead detectives assigned to investigate the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
When accepting the honor, Leavelle said he was thinking of other deserving officers, including Officer J.D. Tippit, who was shot and killed by Oswald.
In brief comments after the presentation, Leavelle said that when he saw an armed Jack Ruby approach in the basement of Dallas police headquarters, he tried unsuccessfully to jerk Oswald behind him to shield him from harm.
"Him being real close all I did was turn his body so instead of the bullet hitting him dead center it hit about 3 or 4 inches to the left of the navel," Leavelle said.
The iconic photo that captured the attack won a Pulitzer Prize.
"You don't stop and think," Leavelle said. "You have to react."
While Leavelle conceded that retelling the story can "occasionally" get "a little monotonous," he said he thinks it's been an important story to tell over the years from his first-person perspective. He said he started telling the story when schoolchildren would ask.
"I don't mind doing it because I know that the people asking it are interested," said Leavelle, who also survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.
It's about time. The Dallas Police Department honored Detective Jim Leavelle with a Medal of Commendation and named its Detective of the Year Award after Leavelle.
See the video footage. Detective Jim Leavelle sees Ruby's gun and tries to jerk Oswald back. One round enters Oswald's abdomen, striking his rib. Had it passed through, the round would have struck Leavelle too.
Story came out in May. Definitely worth a second look.
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