Killing of Calvin Fields in Florida in 1942


Case summary

Calvin Fields (1909 - 1942), a laborer, was killed by W. J. Hammond and a posse in Duval County, Florida. Fields was accused of breaking into Hammond’s house and assaulting his 17-year-old sister and his mother. Hammond, who joined a posse of civilians and police officers looking for Fields, shot Fields. Hammond was said to have been released on his own recognizance pending an inquest. Results of the inquest are unknown.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police, posse, mob

Date of incident: 1942-08-31
Location: Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: breaking and entering; assaulting a white woman and a white girl

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
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