Cleveland Memory Project: Legal Landmarks

Title

The Glenville Shootout and Ohio v. Fred Ahmed Evans (1969)

Document Type

Web Page

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

The Glenville Shootout and Trial of Fred Ahmed Evans: A Legal Landmark in Cleveland History is a digital exhibit that includes summaries, case documents, photographs, and news articles.

On the evening of July 23, 1968, shots were fired on a narrow street in the Glenville neighborhood on Cleveland's racially troubled East Side, erupting into a full-scale gun battle between Cleveland police and black snipers. An hour and a half later, seven people lay dead, including three Cleveland policemen, and 15 were wounded. Five days of violence and rioting ensued until Mayor Stokes called in the National Guard and order was finally restored.

Local black militant Fred Ahmed Evans was held accountable and charged with seven counts of first-degree murder for which he was found guilty and sentenced to death in the electric chair. Evans' death sentence was later reduced to life in prison, where he died of cancer in 1978.

The trial transcripts of Ohio v. Evans are available through Case Western Reserve University's Scholarly Commons.

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