Killing of Samuel Watson Jr. in Alabama in 1946


Case summary

Samuel Watson Jr., 41, a laborer, was killed in 1946 by police officer T. H. Pyron in Selma, Alabama. Watson was arrested by Officers T. H. Pyron and M. W. Holly on a drunk charge. While being transported to the police headquarters, Watson was said to have struck Pyron several times, prompting him to shoot Watson to death.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1946-10-29
Location: Selma, Dallas County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: arguing with a police officer; exhibiting drunkenness

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