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Former Policeman Guilty of Assault at Jackson Sit-In

May 31, 1963 - A former police officer in Jackson, Mississippi was sentenced to 30 days in jail and was fined $100 in the Mississippi Supreme Court after being found guilty of assaulting a Negro youth involved in a sit-in demonstration. The defendant, Benny G. Oliver (pictured), kicked a Negro youth in the face last Tuesday at a sit-in demonstration at the F.W. Woolworth Company. Oliver contended that he had kicked the Negro, Memphis Norman, 21 years old, in self-defense after the youth had struck his elbow. The case against Mr. Norman, who was charged with disturbing the peace, was dismissed at the request of the city prosecutor. Earlier, in the same court, six girls, five of them Negroes, were sentenced to six months in jail and were fined five hundred dollars each for attempting to enter two all-white restaurants earlier this week. They were charged with trespassing.


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