Constable Wyatt Outlaw

Constable Wyatt Outlaw

Graham Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1870

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Wyatt Outlaw

Constable Wyatt Outlaw was lynched by members of a KKK-like group known as the White Brotherhood in retaliation for a prior incident in which members of the group were fired upon during a midnight-ride of intimidation around Courthouse Square.

Constable Outlaw had previously been appointed as the constable of Graham to organize night patrols to prevent such rides. Although it is not known who fired at the masked riders, a rumor was started that Constable Outlaw had fired the shots.

On the night of February 26th, 1870, a group of approximately 60 masked men broke down Constable Outlaw's door and forcibly took him from his home. They hung him from a tree approximately 20 yards from the courthouse in what is now Sesquicentennial Park.

Several men were indicted for Constable Outlaw's murder but none of them were ever tried.

Constable Outlaw was an escaped slave who enlisted in the United States Colored Troops 2nd Cavalry during the Civil War. He was survived by his wife, two children, and mother.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Never tried

civil unrest, retaliation

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Wyatt
You are not the first, nor the last to have been killed because of your work as a peace officer. However, the circumstances of your death are all the more troubling but your service in the Civil War and dedication to your job as a peace officer makes you an exceptional representation of our honorable profession. You honor us all.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno, Nevada) & NVDPS

February 26, 2021

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