Killing of Jesse Thornton in Alabama in 1940
Jesse Thornton, 26, an overseer on a chicken farm, was killed in 1940 by a group of men led by police officers Doris Rhodes and Noland Ellis in Crenshaw County, Alabama. Thornton was accused of failing to address Officer Rhodes as “Mr.” when he passed him on the sidewalk. Rhodes knocked Thornton down with his blackjack, arrested him and took him to jail where a group of police officers shot him to death. His body was found in a swamp. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.
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