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
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
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.