Eddie Adams, South Vietnam Police Chief Executing a Viet Cong (1968)

The narrative of this image involves not only what the viewer thinks about this particular incident: the larger story has to do with the violence of the war in Vietnam and America's military involvement.

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One writer's comment about the victim:

“Plot twist: the 'innocent' guy who got shot was actually a Viet Cong murderer who killed some South Vietnamese police officers and some of their families.” -- Andrew Austin

Click here and here for discussions of the incident: the backstory and the political fallout.

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