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

Johnny's Death: The Untold Tragedy In Birmingham

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

John, George and Ringo sign autographs for Birmingham police.

Mister city policeman

John, George and Ringo sign autographs for Birmingham police.

Alabama Birmingham Police Patch & FBI Police Delta • $4.00 - PicClick

Alabama Birmingham Police Patch & FBI Police Delta

Alabama Birmingham Police Patch & FBI Police Delta • $4.00 - PicClick

Birmingham Police Bicycle Patrol Shoulder Patch Alabama Al • $5.29 - PicClick

Birmingham Police Bicycle Patrol Shoulder Patch Alabama Al

Birmingham Police Bicycle Patrol Shoulder Patch Alabama Al • $5.29 - PicClick

Infantry Whistle - J.Hudson & CO Birmingham 973-7001 Police Whistle - British Army - E238

Infantry Whistle - J.Hudson & CO Birmingham 973-7001 Police Whistle - British Army - E238

Birmingham, Alabama Police Department had a large band in 1930. This photograph was taken of the band by Oscar V. Hunt, Birmingham’s first commercial photographers on May 29, 1930. (Birmingham Public Library Oscar V. Hunt holdings). The Birmingham Police Department ... Read More

Birmingham, Alabama Police Department had a large band in 1930. This photograph was taken of the band by Oscar V. Hunt, Birmingham’s first commercial photographers on May 29, 1930. (Birmingham Public Library Oscar V. Hunt holdings). The Birmingham Police Department ... Read More

Birmingham police use of pepper spray in high schools on trial this week

Birmingham police use of pepper spray in high schools on trial this week

A federal trial is set to begin Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging police use of pepper spray to control unruly students in Birmingham schools.

Civil Rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth being booked at the Birmingham Police Station in connection with attempts to desegregate buses. May 19, 1961.

Civil Rights Leader Fred Shuttlesworth Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

Civil Rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth being booked at the Birmingham Police Station in connection with attempts to desegregate buses. May 19, 1961.

Theaster Gates 1973Fire hoses and woodIn May 1963, a group of black school children and students were marching peacefully for equal rights in Birmingham Alabama. Police used powerful hoses to break up the march, injuring many of the young protestors.Seen at Tate Modern 2016

Theaster Gates 1973Fire hoses and woodIn May 1963, a group of black school children and students were marching peacefully for equal rights in Birmingham Alabama. Police used powerful hoses to break up the march, injuring many of the young protestors.Seen at Tate Modern 2016

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.

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.

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