LAGRANGE, Ga. — A west Georgia police chief plans to apologize for the lynching of a black man more than 75 years ago.
Multiple reports say in September 1940, an armed group of white men snatched 18-year-old Austin Callaway from the city jail in LaGrange, drove out to a country road and killed him with gunshots to the head, arms and hands.
However, there was never any police report on his murder, no investigation, or even any records of Callaway having been in the jail. His killers were never conclusively identified.
Now the city’s police chief is ready to offer a public apology for his agency’s role in the 1940 lynching.
LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar says he learned of the incident a little more than a year ago. He says he thinks an apology is needed to help people understand how the past influences the present.
“For the police, anytime you take someone into custody, you are …