Killing of Jack L. Bell Jr. in Georgia in 1948


Case summary

Jack L. Bell Jr. (1927-1948), a student and veteran, died after being struck on the head by police in Atlanta, Georgia. Bell, Ralph Phillips, and Charles Preston were arrested for burglary at a Black country club by Fulton County officers R.F. Jordan, A.E. Huggins, E.P. Hornsby, R.H. Kerr, and Ralph Holland. The officers allegedly beat them, and struck Bell on the head with a flashlight. Bell died about a week later from cerebral hemorrhaging. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-02-12
Location: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: committing burglary

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