Denzill Turner Murder

(1951) Denzill Turner was an epileptic black man who had a seizure at a local Greyhound bus station in Coahoma County. White men claimed that he was drunk and touching white women during his seizure, which they did not understand. The police were called and, upon arrival, attempted to restrain him. Turner broke free and ran down the street where he was shot to death in the back of the head. The three policemen called to the scene were exonerated by the Justice of the Peace. The police captain refused to suspend them.


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