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Park Police Officer Charles J. Speaker | Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois

Park Police Officer

Charles J. Speaker

Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, June 30, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 357

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1942

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Park Police Officer Charles J. Speaker was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in Jackson Park, at 59th Street and Stony Island Avenue.

The shooter, who was a parolee and who had also killed two other people in the 72 hours prior to killing Officer Speaker, was executed in January of 1942.

Officer Speaker had served with the Chicago Park District Police Department for 28 years and set to retire in only a few months. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Officer Speaker, how tragic that your life was taken those many years ago, but I feel some sort of closure with the execution of your murderer. Many say that capital punishment is not the answer, but, he killed three others before killing you. Had he ever gotten out of jail, how many more might he have taken?

You did a tough job and you are a hero, not for having died, but for having lived.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be always peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 7, 2016

 

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