Killing of Thomas Finch in Georgia in 1936


Case summary

Thomas Finch, 28, a hospital orderly, was killed in 1936 by Detective S. W. Roper in Atlanta, Georgia. Finch was arrested and transported to the police station in connection with an alleged attempted attack on a white woman. Roper claimed that he shot Finch when the victim attempted to flee and grab the officer’s gun. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: police, mob

Date of incident: 1936-09-12
Location: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: assaulting a white woman; resisting arrest

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