Atlanta University Students Research Civil Rights Deaths

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A black man shot while driving back to his Washington D.C. home after attending an Army Reserve camp.

A white doctor who diagnosed a black man as drunk after his family said police hit him with a pistol.

A black man beaten by police inside a jailhouse after insulting white officers.

Professors at Emory University hope the three cases are just the start of an effort to uncover and understand deaths tied to race during the civil-rights era. Since 2011, students at the Atlanta university have pored through federal files, interviewed witnesses and dug into the Jim Crow policies they believe contributed to the deaths of Lemuel Penn, James Brazier and Clarence Pickett.

The course instructors, Hank Klibanoff and Brett Gadsden, think a new website launched this month featuring the students’ research will open new leads and encourage people to submit other cases to the Georgia Civil Rights…

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