Killing of Canary Campbell in Florida in 1954


Case summary

Canary Campbell (1927 - 1954), a laborer, was killed by police officer Lucius Clark in Lake County, Florida. Clark claimed that after stopping Campbell’s car to inspect the driver’s license he shot Campbell because Campbell threatened him with a pair of pliers. Clark wascleared by a coroner’s jury.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1954-04-18
Location: Tavares, Lake County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: driving without a license; fleeing arrest; attacking a police officer

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

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Miami 44-495

Bureau 44-7532

DOJ case ID:


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