Killing of Charlie Wright in Alabama in 1948


Case summary

Charlie Wright, age 35, a miner, was killed in 1948 by police officers C.W. Milwee and J.L. Lambert in Birmingham, Alabama. Police claimed that Wright was seen leaving the rear of a store, that they commanded him to stop, that Wright pulled a razor on them, and that they shot him when he refused to drop the razor.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-09-05
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: exhibiting drunkenness; resisting arrest; approaching a police officer with an open razor

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

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