Killing of Charley Curry in Texas in 1947


Case summary

Charley Curry (1924 - 1947), a construction worker and a veteran, was killed by policeman Nolan O. Ray in Dallas, Texas. Ray, who was out of uniform and appears to have been off-duty at the time of the incident, shot Curry on a Dallas trolley bus. Ray told all the Black passengers on the bus to take their hands out of their pockets. According to police reports, Curry was sitting towards the back of the trolley and some witnesses claimed that Curry was asleep at the time of Ray’s demand. When Curry did not take his hands out of his pocket Ray shot him in the face. He was killed instantly. Trial jury acquitted Ray of murder without malice.


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

Date of incident: 1947-12-17
Location: Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
Location type: public conveyance
Allegation against victim: refusing to take his hands out of his pockets fast enough

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

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: yes
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
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