Killing of Willie Hambrick in Georgia in 1939


Case summary

Willie Hambrick, age 28, a flooring company employee, was killed in 1939 by police officer V.H. Whitley in Atlanta, Georgia. Whitley and officer J.R. Palmer tried to arrest Hambrick for drunk driving and claimed that Whitley shot Hambrick after they scuffled and Hambrick tried to flee. Witnesses included Lts. McLean and Malcomb and officers Vaughn and Meek.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1939-02-19
Location: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: drunk driving; fleeing arrest; driving a stolen car

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