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Police Officer Sidney L. Thompson | New York City Transit Police Department, New York New York City Transit Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Sidney L. Thompson

New York City Transit Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 5, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 3801

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer Sidney Thompson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a fare evader at IRT Station 2 in the Bronx.

While attempting to arrest a suspect, the suspect's companion shot him. Despite being wounded, Officer Thompson was able to return fire and wound the suspect he had originally stopped. He was assigned to Transit District 12. Both suspects were members of the Black Liberation Army and were apprehended several days later.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He has been denied parole seven times. His next parole hearing is in June, 2016.

Officer Thompson had served with the New York City Transit Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

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My heart aches for your family. Many thanks for your honorable service in our country's law enforcement. RIP and thank you.

John Haseltine - Civilian
June 29, 2016

 

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