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Fri, 12.15.2000

Black Sheriff murdered in Georgia

Derwin Brown

On this date in 2000, an African American sheriff was murdered in Dekalb County, Georgia. Derwin Brown was gunned down in the driveway of his home two days before taking office.

He was extremely well liked and campaigned on the promise to clean up the department, which had been overwhelmed for years by corruption. Brown won the election over Sidney Dorsey that August, and had told 38 departmental employees that they would be fired when he took office on January 1. On July 10, 2002, Sidney Dorsey was convicted of plotting the murder of Brown.

The jury deliberated more than two days before returning the verdict. Dorsey and two other men are being held and charged in the tragedy.

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