Killing of John Watkin White in Florida in 1952


Case summary

John Watkin White (1916 - 1952), a Naval Air Base oiler and WWII veteran, was killed by unknown policemen of the Jacksonville Police Department in Duval County, Florida. The police were responding to a reported disturbance in White’s neighborhood. After talking with White, they started beating him. He died later at a hospital. A medical report indicated that White died of a skull fracture after falling off the operating table.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1952-03-05
Location: Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
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Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
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FBI case ID:

Chicago 44-149

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