Romey: Corruption

Title

Romey: Corruption

Description

Surrounding the context of the lynching of Nola Romey and the murder of Hasna Romey at the hands of police, was a context of deeper corruption and systemic violence among law enforcement officials and local leaders. These trends were expressed in letters to Florida's Governor.

Doyle E. Carlton was governor of Florida from January 1929 to January 1933. While on a surface level Carlton responded to the concerns of his constituents, he ultimately reinforced a dysfunctional circle whereby he forwarded complaints about Columbia County Sheriff Wiley "Babe" Douglass to be investigated by Lake City Chief of Police, John F. Baker, and he forwarded complaints about Baker to Douglass despite other complaints that the two men often supported one another.

Date

1929-1932

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