|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1922, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 2007|
Source: Washington Post
David Creed Rogers, 84, one of two black men shot by a sniper after being hired as deputies in south Louisiana's Washington Parish four decades ago, died Feb. 26 in a Franklinton, La., nursing home, days after the FBI said it was chasing new leads in the 1965 shooting that left him blind in one eye and killed his partner. The cause of death was not released.
In 1964, Mr. Rogers and his partner, O'Neal Moore, were the first black deputies hired by the sheriff's department and the first black law enforcement officers in the parish, north of New Orleans. Both were shot in Varnado on the night of June 2, 1965, a year after they were hired. At the time, the Ku Klux Klan was said to be operating in the parish, and racial tensions were high.
Mr. Rogers said later in an interview that the two deputies noticed they were being trailed by a pickup truck with a Confederate flag emblem on its front bumper. When they crossed railroad tracks on the way to Moore's home, the pickup pulled closer to the patrol car, and a gunman in the truck bed opened fire.
Moore was killed instantly; Mr. Rogers lost an eye. Just hours after the shooting, two suspects were arrested in Tylertown, Miss., but no charges were filed by the prosecuting attorney because of a lack of evidence. Mr. Rogers remained with the sheriff's department until 1988, retiring as a captain.
Created by: Donna
Record added: May 28, 2008
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