Killing of Atmos Shaw in Alabama in 1948


Case summary

Atmos Shaw, 42, a laborer, was killed in 1948 by police officers in Birmingham, Alabama. Shaw was carrying $1,000 to make a mortgage payment when police stopped him. Officer Steve Wideman and others claimed that Shaw fell and hit his head while resisting arrest. In the hospital, Shaw told his brother Frank and sister Daisy that the police had beaten him. Death certificate notes that Shaw had a cracked skull. The police never returned the money to the family. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-04-17
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: resisting arrest; fleeing officers; fighting with a police officer

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