Killing of John Glasper Jr. in Georgia in 1949


Case summary

John Glasper, Jr., age 25, a sawmill worker, was killed in 1949 by police officers while being held in jail in Buford, Gwinnett or Hall County, Georgia. Glasper had been arrested for allegedly owing “Red” Bailey, a white grocer, money for groceries. Glasper was released on bail paid by his employer Arthur Hamilton, but Hamilton later revoked the bond and police took Glasper back to jail. Police claimed that they shot Glasper after he “went on a rampage” and attacked them. From his hospital bed, Glasper denied the police account.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-08-04
Location: Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: owing a $13 debt; going on a "rampage" in jail

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