Killing of O. D. Henderson in Alabama in 1940
O. D. Henderson, 25, a steel worker, was, in 1940, beaten by police officers Nelson Thomas, W. G. Cook, W. C. Glenn and M. M. Hagood, a civilian, in a police station in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Alabama. Hagood assaulted Henderson because he claimed Henderson bumped him on a public street. Officers arrested Henderson and together with Hagood at the jail, they beat him with a blackjack, leather strap and rubber hose, and then shot him.A coroner returned a finding of unjustifiable homicide.
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