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Special Officer George Oakland Police Department, California

Special Officer

George "Merkel" White

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, November 25, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never apprehended

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Special Officer George White was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress while walking his beat in Chinatown.

Officer White had walked into a saloon that was being robbed at Sixth and Alice Streets. When the two suspects saw him, they both opened fire. Officer White was fatally wounded. The suspects fled the scene and were never apprehended.

After Officer White's murder, it was discovered that his real last name was Merkel. However, he used the last name White when he was hired by the agency and everyone knew him by that name.

He had served with the Oakland Police Department for 16 months. He was survived by his wife, two children, and mother.

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On this 108th anniversary of your brutal murder at the hands of unknown and otherwise forgotten animals, we honor you here and this site keeps your memory alive. You died a hero.

God Bless you Officer White and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
November 25, 2015


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