In 1940, a black teenager was lynched in LaGrange. The crime was barely acknowledged and for years it was forgotten.
Until Thursday night. More than 70 years later, the LaGrange Police Chief officially said, “I’m sorry.”
'It should never have happened.'
Two hundred people packed into the pews of Warren Temple United Methodist Church in LaGrange.
The audience was evenly mixed, black and white. LaGrange police officers stood along the sides.
From the stage, Police Chief Lou Dekmar started a story.