Killing of Hilliard Brooks in Alabama in 1950
Hilliard Brooks, 22, a WWII veteran, was killed in 1950 by police officer M. E. Mills in Montgomery, Alabama. Brooks had boarded a city bus and the driver, angered because Brooks refused to re-enter in the rear of the bus after having paid his fare at the front, summoned officer Mills, who was patrolling nearby. Mills shot Brooks, who died a day later from the injury.
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