Mr Patrick went out to buy his son a Boy Scouts Uniform on December 11, 1954. A white woman stole his parking spot and told him she was entitled because her husband was a cop. That evening Patrick was arrested, then dragged from his jail cell and beaten. This man was a veteran of WW2 and Korea. "He went public with their abuse. An extended legal effort resulted in the charges against him being dropped and the officers losing their jobs." http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110404/us_nm/us_alabama_civilrights He was honored for bravery by the organization that recognizes Dr King's assassination every year in AL. His wife of 63 years joined him, and his son has written a book about his struggle.