March On Selma By Maggie MacDonald
The campaign in Selma had mass arrests but little violence for the first month. The next month, however, had increased police attacks against non-violent protestors. During the night of February 18th, 1965, a state trooper shot Jimmie Lee Jackson while he was protecting his mother from a police baton. He died in a hospital in Selma eight days later.
As protesters marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met with a wall of police, state-troopers, and local lawmen. The law enforcement officers ordered the protesters to stop their march and disperse. When the protesters ignored their order, the law enforcement attacked them with tear gas and beat them with police batons, while white southerners cheered the police on from the sidelines.