Denzil F. Dowell


Born: 4 April 1944
Died: 1 April 1967

Denzil F. Dowell was an unarmed black man, aged 22, who was killed by an officer of the Martinez Sheriff's Department, which suspected him of burglary. Dowell's death became an crucial example of unjust lethal use of force by the police that the fledgling Black Panther Party raised in the public consciousness.

FOIA Information

The FBI response indicated that no records were ever kept on Denzil Dowell.

Letter 1 – "No Records"