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Detective Frank Wadley | East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

Detective

Frank Wadley

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, July 1, 1917

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/1/1917

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Not available

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Detective Frank Wadley and Detective Sergeant Samuel Coppedge were shot and killed during a race riot.

Earlier in the day a car occupied by white males had driven through a black area of the city and fired several shots randomly into a group of citizens. An hour later the detectives were driving through the same area and were mistaken for the original suspects. Several citizens opened fire on their car, killing both detectives.

The shootings sparked a massive race riot in the city.

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Detective Sergeant Samuel Coppedge
East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Sunday, July 1, 1917
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 95th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 19, 2012

 

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