The Federal Bureau of Investigation Saturday (3 October) arrested the local sheriff and three other policemen on charges of violating the rights of Negroes.
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Background: The Federal Bureau of Investigation Saturday (3 October) arrested the local sheriff and three other policemen on charges of violating the rights of Negroes.
The arrests were made by a Federal grand jury which has been investigating the deaths of three civil rights workers in the Meridian area, but this case was not mentioned in the charges levelled against the arrested men.
Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence Rainey, his deputy Cecil Price, policemen Neal Otha Burke and Andrew Willis, of the nearby village of ??? and Ethel (correct) Glen Barnett, a former Neshoba County Sheriff.
Rainey, Price and Burke were specifically charged with "striking, beating and whipping, Sam Henry German, a Negro in 1962.
No mention of the deaths of the civil rights workers was made. Deputy Price was the last person to have seen the men alive when he released them from jail where they had been held several hours on a traffic charge. Their bodies were found several weeks later, buried beneath an earthen dam.