Killing of Robert Dorsey and Carl Lofton in Georgia in 1932


Case summary

Carl Lofton (1909-1932), a laborer, was killed by patrolman J.T. Pittman in Atlanta, Georgia. Lofton was fatally shot by Pittman during a raid with police officer J.A. Corley on a gambling house. Pittman claimed that Lofton threw a chair at Pittman as Pittman tried to enter the house. Lofton denied throwing a chair and said that Pittman shot him as he tried to flee. Robert Dorsey, age 34, survived a shooting in 1932 by police officer J.A. Corley in Atlanta, Georgia. Corley and patrolman Pittman were conducting a raid on a gambling house. Corley claimed that Dorsey pulled a gun on him. Dorsey recovered after three weeks in the hospital. This is related to the case of Carl Lofton, whom Pittman killed during the raid.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1932-04-24
Location: Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: gambling; attacking a police officer; fleeing arrest

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