James Byrd, Jr.James Byrd, Jr.
was an African-American
murdered, in a 1998 hate crime
, by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King
. Byrd was tied to a truck
, with a chain, and dragged 5km
. An autopsy
indicated that Byrd was alive for much of the dragging; dying after his right arm
were severed as his body impacted with a culvert.