Brutal Deputies Extreme Means Resorted To To Make a Suspected Negro Confess a Robbery

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: Louisville Courier Journal
Place of publication: Louisville, KY
Date of publication: 6/26/1895

Mobile, Ala., June 25. – (Special.) – From Baldwin county, across Mobile bay, comes a story of brutality seldom equaled. Tom Parks, a negro, was accused of robbing the Grand Hotel at Point Clear, and was placed under arrest, two young white men, said to be Deputy Sheriffs, taking the negro in charge. On the way to Daphne, the county seat, they told Parks he must make a confession. He refused to do so and was threatened with violence. He remained obstinate, and then the boys placed a rope around his neck and threw the other end over the limb of a pine tree, telling the negro they would hang him. Parks again refused to talk, and was strung up two minutes. He cried for mercy, and was cut down, but refused to confess. He was then kicked and beaten almost into insensibility and again strung up. When the breath of life was about to leave him, he said he would tell all about the burglary. He was then cut down, and made a confession. The boys took him to Daphne jail and locked him up. The prisoner was almost dead and to-day Dr. Lea, of this city, went over to attend him. The doctor stated Parks could not recover, and it is reported to-night that he is dead. The Deputy Sheriffs are still at liberty, and no move had been made to arrest them up to tonight. Parks made a dying declaration to a Justice of the Peace in which he told the above story.


“Brutal Deputies
Extreme Means Resorted To To Make a Suspected Negro Confess a Robbery.” Louisville Courier Journal (Louisville, KY), June 26, 1895.