Willie Countryman

Background

Willie Countryman was shot and killed in his backyard by a policeman. Witnesses allege that this same officer participated in the beating of James Brazier, who died on April 20, 1958 from a beating by a Dawson law enforcement officer.

Legal Status

Police officer W.B. Cherry was cleared of murder charges after police said he shot Countryman “in self defense in the line of duty.”