Killing of Roy Cyril Brooks in Louisiana in 1948


Case summary

Roy Cyril Brooks (1905-1948), a fertilizer plant worker, was killed by Patrolman Alvin Bladsacker in Gretna, Louisiana. Brooks and a bus driver got into a dispute over a five-cent bus fare. Bladsacker stepped in, beat Brooks, arrested him, and shot him on the street as he walked him toward the jail. 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: 1948-02-27
Location: Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Location type: public conveyance
Allegation against victim: dispute with a bus driver

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

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Philadelphia 44-30

New Orleans 44-198

DOJ case ID:


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