Fake Officers Lynch Suspect

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Oakland Tribune
Place of publication: Oakland, California
Date of publication: 9/25/1933 0:00
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FAKE OFFICERS LYNCH SUSPECT TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Sept. 25- (AP)-The second lynching in Tuscaloosa County within the past six weeks was under investigation by the sheriff’s department today. Sheriff Shamblin ordered the inquiry yesterday after the body of Dennis Cross, Negro under bond on a charge of assaulting a white woman, was taken from his home by men posing as officers and shot to death. The sheriff said he was told the group of six or seven men appeared at the Negro’s home and told Den- nis it was necessary for him to go to Tuscaloosa and post a bond larger than that required when he was released on bail a week ago. The slaying of Dennis followed by six weeks to the day the lynching of Dan Pippen Jr., and A. T. Harden, Negroes under indictment on a charge of murdering the daughter of a Tuscaloosa County farmer. Pippen and Harden were killed and Elmore Clark, another Negro, was wounded by a group of masked men who seized the prisoners from Tuscaloosa County officers hurrying them to Birmingham for safekeeping