Why the Whitehurst Case Matters

It has been almost forty-five years since Bernard Whitehurst, Jr. was killed by a police officer in Montgomery, Alabama. On the afternoon of December 2, 1975, officers were searching for a robbery suspect who had pointed a gun at the owner of a small grocery store and taken about $45. Whitehurst, who was walking in the area, did not fit the description of the suspect, other than being black and male, but he did possess one peculiar trait that drew attention to him: he always ran when he saw police.