On September 15, 1963 Johnny Robinson, age 16, was shot in the back by Birmingham police officer Jack Parker firing from a squad car. Others in the car said the driver going over a bump or hitting his brakes could have caused Parker to fire. Other witnesses heard two shots. Robinson's family never talked about his death, and his brother and sister went to school the next day. Another youth, Virgil Ware, 13, was also killed in the aftermath of the church bombing. #TodayInBlackHistory
The confidential informant also told police the two men,, Dewayne Barnes and Jermaine "Lil Jay" Tolbert, now charged with capital murder in the double homicide told her that if they had found the woman's 7-year-old daughter awake they would have killed her too, Birmingham Police homicide detective Phillip Harris said.
Police use dogs to quell civil unrest in Birmingham, Ala., in May 1963. Birmingham's police commissioner "Bull" Connor also allowed fire hoses to be turned on young civil rights demonstrators. These measures set off a backlash of sentiment that rejuvenated the flagging civil rights movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" after being arrested and booked on April 12, 1963. King's heartfelt letter is considered the preeminent document of the civil rights movement, appearing in hundreds of anthologies and designated as required reading for many students worldwide. It has been translated into 40 languages. (Birmingham Police Department Photo)
Birmingham police officer arrested on drug charges privateofficer.com BIRMINGHAM, Alabama Aug 14 2014 – A Birmingham police officer was arrested Monday on drug charges, a department spokesman said. Kenneth Padgett, 28, of Birmingham, was arrested at 9 p.m. Monday and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of controlled substance.
DUI suspect charged after falsely claiming Birmingham police officer raped her during arrest
DUI suspect charged after falsely claiming Birmingham police officer raped her during arrest. Venita Kimber claimed she was forced to perform oral sex on a West Precinct officer, but patrol car video and body camera footage showed she was lying, police said. #DUI #DUIarrest #News