Killing of James Franklin in Florida in 1934


Case summary

James Franklin, 41, yard hand, was killed in 1934 by Joe Kopman in Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida. Franklin had been arrested for allegedly assaulting Kopmanā€™s daughter. As police officers were escorting Franklin from the office of Dr. L.W. Blake, where Franklin had received a physical and mental examination, Kopman fatally shot him in the back. Grand jury declined to indict.


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

Date of incident: 1934-04-03
Location: Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: engaging in union activity; assaulting a white woman

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

Criminal process
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