Killing of Danny Bryant in Louisiana in 1948


Case summary

Danny Bryant (1911-1948), a laborer, was killed by Night Officer Kensey (or Kinzie) Jenkins in Covington, Louisiana. According to newspaper accounts, Bryant was struck by white men in an all-white hotel lobby for failure to remove his hat in the presence of whites. Jenkins was summoned to the scene and shot Bryant, claiming self-defense. Per death certificate, Bryant died of gunshot wounds to the chest.


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

Date of incident: 1948-10-10
Location: Covington, Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Location type: private space - commercial
Allegation against victim: refusing to remove his hat in the presence of white people

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

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