Killing of Elliott Brooks in Louisiana in 1946


Case summary

Elliott Brooks (1912-1946), a laborer, was killed by Police Chief Beauregard Miller in Gretna, Louisiana. According to newspaper accounts, Miller claimed that he had arrested Brooks for prowling, and shot Brooks when he tried to escape. According to the NAACP, Brooks might have had information about Miller’s role in a matter of a missing prisoner. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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

Date of incident: 1946-05-09
Location: Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: prowling; fleeing the police

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:

New Orleans 44-147

Bureau 44-1409

DOJ case ID:


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