NEGRO SHOT AT SURRY HILLS, SYDNEY,
ON 1 AUGUST 1944
DIES THE FOLLOWING DAY
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII
On 1 August 1944, a U.S. Provost Officer, Anthony Bocchino stopped his car in Albion Street, Surry Hills in Sydney to question two negro soldiers who were sitting on the steps of the London Hotel with two women. Private First Class Joseph L. Brisco (33721802), one of the negro soliders, had a girl on his knee with her dress pulled up.
Provost Bocchino asked Briscoe to produce his leave pass. He ran away and when he refused to stop, the Provost officer fired two bullets over his head. He continued to run away and four more shots were then fired at him. He suddenely stoppe drunning and walked back towards his pursuers and yelled out "I am hit". He died in a Sydney Hospital the following day with four bullet wounds in his body. He was buried at the USAF Military Cemetery at Rookwood.
Captain Francis D. Murphy, Assistant Provost Marshal, advised that Army regulations allowed Bocchino to shoot in order to effect an arrest. A general court-martial had acquitted Bocchino. The Coroner found that Bocchino had shot Brisco in the execution of his duty.
"The News" (Adelaide), 3 August 1944
"Daily Examiner" (Grafton), Tuesday 5 September 1944
"Worker" (Brisbane), Monday 11 September 1944
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