Killing of Dave Wilson in Alabama in 1948


Case summary

Dave Wilson (1900-1948), a miner, was killed by Special Deputy Mack Alexander in Porter, Jefferson County, Alabama. Police claimed that they were responding to a report of disorderly conduct at Wilson’s home, and that Wilson threatened them with a knife. Alexander shot Wilson in the head and chest.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-05-08
Location: Flat Creek, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: engaging in disorderly conduct; threatening a police officer with a knife

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

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