Killing of Hilliard Brooks in Alabama in 1950


Case summary

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.


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

Date of incident: 1950-08-12
Location: Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: exhibiting public drunkenness; fighting with a bus driver

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

Criminal process
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FBI case ID:

Mobile 44-114

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Investigated under the Emmett Till Act: yes
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