Killing of C. D. Richardson in Louisiana in 1948


Case summary

C.D. Richardson, 1914-1948, who once worked at a filling station, was allegedly beaten to death by State Trooper S.T. Brister in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to newspaper accounts, Richardson was a convict trusty (a prisoner released from the penitentiary to perform labor at state police headquarters). Sheriff Bryan Clemmons and District Attorney Rufus D. Hayes claimed that Richardson and State Trooper S.T. Brister got into a violent altercation, and Brister beat him. Richardson died of a fractured skull. A jury cleared Brister of manslaughter charges.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1948-06-27
Location: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Location type: carceral location
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Grand jury: yes
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