Killing of Bedford Smith in Tennessee in 1946
Bedford Smith (or Bedford White) (1882 - 1946), a railroad worker, was killed by a police officer in Bedford County, Tennessee. Accounts of the incident vary. The police claimed that Smith resisted arrest on a drunkenness charge and attacked Deputy Sheriff James Hall and police officer Freeman Brandon. One of the officers fatally shot Smith. According to an FBI report, the police officers attempted to search Smith’s wife’s luggage. Smith objected to the search and was killed in the ensuing argument.
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