Killing of Atmos Shaw in Alabama in 1948
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.
advocacy group resources
- News article from the Birmingham World about police killings of John Johnson and Ike Madden and brutality against others : April 20, 1948
- News article from the Birmingham World about the killing of Atmas Shaw by police : April 23, 1948
- News article from the Evening Independent about the death of Matt Shaw : January 28, 1954
- News article from the Birmingham World about the police killings of Ike Madden, John Johnson, Atmas Shaw and Marion Franklin Noble : April 30, 1948
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