Killing of Chrispon H. Charles Jr. in Louisiana in 1949


Case summary

Chrispon H. Charles Jr. (1929-1949), a WWII Navy veteran, was killed by police officers Emery Landry and Elois Sahuc in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father had called the police for help with his son. The police put Chrispon in the back of their vehicle and shot him to death, claiming he resisted arrest and sought to grab one of their pistols. A federal investigation was undertaken but no charges were pursued. 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: 1949-07-04
Location: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: disturbing the peace

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 44-252

DOJ case ID:


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