Killing of George Franks in Georgia in 1944


Case summary

George Franks (1909 - 1944), a state highway department employee who was to report for induction into the army the day after he was shot, was killed by police officer G. M. Ellis in Fulton County, Georgia. Ellis said he asked Franks to leave a café, to which Franks refused and the officer pushed him out. Ellis shot Franks, alleging that Franks resisted arrest and attacked him with a knife.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1944-01-25
Location: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: threatening and insulting a police officer

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