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Chief Deputy John J. Bryant | Talladega County Sheriff's Department, Alabama Talladega County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

Chief Deputy

John J. Bryant

Talladega County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 22, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Chief Deputy Bryant was shot and killed when a sudden burst of gunfire erupted at a labor disturbance outside the Samoset Cotton Mill in Talladega. More than a dozen other officers and workers were wounded. The Alabama National Guard had to be sent in to restore order and they arrested five suspects.

One of the suspects was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison on November 14, 1936.

Chief Deputy Bryant had served with the agency for 3.5 years.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 15, 2013

 

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