Police Officer Glenn E. Smith

Police Officer Glenn E. Smith

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, October 24, 1970

Glenn E. Smith

Officer Glenn Smith was shot and killed by a sniper at a house used by the Black Panther Party located at 3376 Sixteenth Street.

Officer Smith, in plainclothes, was responding to a call for help from two fellow officers who had tried to ticket two young supporters of the Black Panther Party for illegally distributing literature. When he arrived at the scene, a rifle barrel poked out of the bay window of the home and fired once, killing Officer Smith.

After a standoff, all 16 occupants of the home surrendered and were eventually all found not guilty.

Officer Smith had been a Detroit Police Officer for two years. He is survived by his wife.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1419

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted


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I had just returned home from the ARMY and started classes at Wayne State. Glenn sat next to me in one class and we talked often of his work in Car Boosters. One day he was not in class and it was announced that he had been killed. A very somber mood came over the other students, many of whom were also Detroit officers. After finishing Wayne State, I joined the Department, stayed a few years, and moved on to Miami-Dade. Over my career, I have known, worked with, and supervised many officers who have been killed on the job. Glenn was the first. He was such a nice person. I will always remember him.

Sgt. Jim Scott (ret)
Miami-Dade Police Department.

July 24, 2018

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