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Corporal John Lawrence Pierce | Whittier Police Department, California Whittier Police Department, California

Corporal

John Lawrence Pierce

Whittier Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 18, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 9/19/1976

Weapon: Person

Offender: Acquitted

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Corporal John Pierce died as a result of injuries sustained nine months earlier while conducting an undercover narcotics investigation at Whittier College.

He was leaving a dormitory when two security guards, who had received a complaint about a man harassing students, accosted him in a case of mistaken identity. The security guards shoved him into a parked car which resulted in Officer Pierce suffering broken neck.

Both security guards were charged with felony assault but were later acquitted.

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John was my training officer, my friend and made me laugh with his wonderful sense of humor. There are things that spark my memory of John, so his memory will always be with me. RIP...

Inv. Mary Spadoni
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May 17, 2016

 

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