Killing of Aaron Herman Schunell Dixon in Georgia in 1944
Aaron Herman Schunell Dixon (1926 - 1944) was killed by police officer V. H. Whittley in Atlanta, Georgia. Whittley and another officer, Polk, entered a Black housing complex on a gambling raid. Dixon, 17 years old at the time, was not taking part in the gaming. He was said to have been running from the scene when he was shot in the back. Whittley alleged that Dixon advanced on him with a knife. Alonzo Moran, former president of Hampton Institute and then associated with Atlanta University, sought to secure justice for the Dixon family. A grand jury declined to indict the officers.
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