Killing of Henry Jones in Georgia in 1953


Case summary

Henry Jones, 22, was killed in 1953 by police officer Bruno Bazemore in Douglas, Coffee County, Georgia. During an altercation, Jones allegedly shot Leroy Brown, a café owner, in the foot. Brown informed police. Family members alleged that officers Bazemore and James Parker Brown entered the house, and Bazemore shot Jones without provocation. The officers alleged that Bazemore fired because Jones attacked Parker with a knife. Grand jury declined to indict.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1953-08-01
Location: Douglas, Coffee County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: shooting, wounding, and threatening a Black man; attacking a police officer

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Savannah 44-363

DOJ case ID:


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