Killing of Henry Davis in Georgia in 1938


Case summary

Henry Davis, a sharecropper, was killed in 1938 by an unnamed police officer in Lowndes County, Georgia. Davis was accused of shooting and wounding Harley Langdale, Jr., a white man, when Langdale went to Davis’s home to remove tobacco that Davis was accused of stealing. Davis was subsequently fatally shot by the police officer.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1938-08-09
Location: Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: shooting and wounding a white man

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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

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