Beating of Bessie Turner

(1960’s) Bessie Turner was arrested and beaten in jail. She was humiliated in jail by police who forced her to strip and then beat her over her buttocks and genitals. Turner claimed that her arrest arose out of her attempt to register to vote in a testimony in 1965. Medgar Evers and Aaron Henry tried to get an indictment by a grand jury in Oxford for police brutality but did not succeed.


Henry, Aaron, and Curry Constance. Aaron Henry: the Fire Ever Burning. Jackson: University P of Mississippi, 2000.