Killing of Timothy Hood in Alabama in 1946


Case summary

Timothy Hood, 23, a veteran, was killed in 1946 by Police Chief G. B. Fant in Bessemer, Jefferson County Alabama. Hood was accused of removing the sign separating Black passengers and white passengers on a streetcar traveling from Bessemer to Birmingham. W. R. Week, the streetcar motorman, shot Hood as he exited the streetcar. Shortly thereafter, Fant, who lived in the area, came upon the scene, put Hood in the back seat of his cruiser and shot him in the head, killing him. A state coroner returned a finding of justifiable homicide. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1946-02-08
Location: Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: public conveyance
Allegation against victim: fighting over segregated bus seating

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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FBI case ID:

Birmingham 44-95

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