Killing of Willie Frank Hawthorne in Florida in 1949


Case summary

William Frank Hawthorne (1923-1949), a laborer and Navy veteran, was killed by off-duty police officer Andres L. Almoina in Miami, Dade County, Florida. Almoina claimed that he arrested Hawthorne for threatening two other Black men with a knife, and that he accidentally shot Hawthorne as Hawthorne fled from his car. Hawthorne’s widow secured a $2,500 settlement from the city.


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

Date of incident: 1949-12-03
Location: Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: arguing with other Black men; attempting to escape from police custody

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

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