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Sergeant James E. Richardson, Jr. | Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

Sergeant

James E. Richardson, Jr.

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, July 19, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 8003

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life imprisonment

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Sergeant James Richardson was shot and killed during a traffic stop at McDaniel and Peters Streets.

Sergeant Richardson, while undercover driving an unmarked car, had stopped the vehicle after witnessing the two occupants harassing a female gas station attendant.

After stopping the vehicle he spoke to the driver who had gotten out and as he returned to his car to run his license, the passenger got out and shot him. This was witnessed by the patrons of a restaurant across the street from where the stop occurred.

The vehicle they were driving was stolen from a couple they had abducted and robbed. The couple escaped, but not before being fired upon.

The shooter was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Sergeant Richardson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 10 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Hi, I am Angela McMinn. I am the coordinator of The "No parole for cop killers" program for Officer Down Memorial Page. I am also A police survivor. My Dad chief of police Andrew William Saluda Police Department. 09/03/1975, Saluda NC He was murdered in 1976 when I was 10 and I began the parole wars with his killer in 1987 at21. I had to relive that day every year for 13 years till he died In prison. As with all cops, James Richardson Atlanta Officer went out each day with badge and uniform on sworn to protect people he had never met. As with a lot of officers, He was killed during a Traffic stop. But there are many situations that are dangerous for cops ( bank robbery, Domestic violence ) In America, law enforcement officers are our first line of defense. Often the story of A cop being killed goes like this- dispatch radios him of a home break-in in progress. A terrified wife wakes her husband, she heard glass breaking downstairs and someone moving around. She is up going to the kids sleeping down the hall. He stops her and tells her to dial 911 he will go protect the kids, he locks the bedroom door as he leaves. She calls 911 and they keep her on the phone as they send Officers. She hears the person running up the stairs, meanwhile, the husband is standing in the hallway ready to protect his family. As the criminal is coming upstairs he does not hear the officers arrive. He gets to the top of the stairs and points his gun at the father.The Father knows he is going to die his last thought was a prayer ( God Protect my wife and Children ) THIS IS A PRAYER MOST OFFICERS SAY EACH DAY THEY KNOW EACH TIME THEY HUG THEIR FAMILY MAY BE THE LAST, just as the Just as the criminal prepares to shoot he hears a sound behind him and turns and shoots and kills an shoots a cop. Other officers are right there to arrest him. Him and wife and child are safe. Thank God. But at what cost. That officer Will never return home to protect his wife and 6-year-old Daughter, who today still longs for her Daddy. You then realize that officer took a bullet for you so you can take care of your family. That officer never met you but he was there for you. Who was the family that is safe Because of an Officer Who was the man that did not get a bullet meant for him? Who were the wife and children so thankful for what the Officer did? The man, IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU HE TOOK A BULLET FOR. It could be your family crying with relief. They protect you, please protect Them. Protect his family from living knowing the person who murdered their hero walked free. He is not there to protect them but you as A member of the parole board are in a unique position to protect them from that pain and also let them know That the severity of what their hero did is never forgotten.

Angela McMinn
Survivor, Daughter of Chief Andrew Williams
May 16, 2017

 

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