Killing of Levi Dorsey in Texas in 1951


Case summary

Levi Dorsey, 27, was killed in 1951 in the jail in Orange County, Texas. Involved were Police Chief Alvin Keown, his assistant Henry Stanfield and two patrolmen, Osval Alvie Folsom and George Powell. Dorsey had been arrested on a burglary charge. After the beating, Dorsey was transported to Louisiana, where he was picked up by a deputy sheriff of Beauregard Parish and taken to a local hospital. At a federal trial, the nurse who examined Dorsey testified his face was swollen, he was spitting blood, and he was semiconscious and delirious. The federal jury acquitted the four Orange County officers.


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

Date of incident: 1951-02-07
Location: Orange, Orange County, Texas
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: committing burglary

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

Criminal process
Arrest: yes
Charge/indictment/information: yes
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
Sentence: [ ]

FBI case ID:

Bureau 44-3598

Houston 44-165

DOJ case ID:



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