Killing of A. C. Hopkins in Florida in 1947
A.C. Hopkins (1907 - 1947), a laborer and WWII veteran, was killed by police officer Richard O. Wiegand in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Wiegand went into a Black neighborhood, where he claimed that Hopkins was causing a disturbance and refused to go home when told by the officer. Wiegand also claimed that Hopkins struck him with his fist and when a fight ensued, the officer shot Hopkins, alleging self-defense. Wiegand was charged with second degree murder. Trial jury acquitted.
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