Killing of Freddie Perryman in Alabama in 1950


Case summary

Freddie Perryman (1922 - 1950), a lumber company worker and veteran, was killed by police officer Henry L. Darnell in Birmingham, Alabama. Perryman was arrested on suspicion of the murder and robbery of a local white filling station attendant. The police alleged that Perryman attempted to escape from a patrol car and was shot to death by Darnell. The coroner found the case to be a justifiable homicide. No criminal charges were pursued.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1950-12-19
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: robbing and murdering a white man; attempting to escape

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

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