Killing of Eugene Jones in Louisiana in 1949


Case summary

Eugene Jones (1907-1949), a construction worker and veteran, was killed in police custody in Gretna, Louisiana. According to newspaper accounts, the police claimed they arrested Jones for selling marijuana. The arresting officers were Lt. Joseph Maes and Patrolman Jules Martin. Jones’s widow said that police had brutally beaten her husband multiple times before they finally took him off to jail, where he died.


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

Date of incident: 1949-11-05
Location: Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: peddling marijuana cigarettes

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

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FBI case ID:

New Orleans 44-269

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