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Detective George L. Williams | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania


George L. Williams

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 9, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Detective George Williams was shot and killed in a gun battle with five men at 16th Street and South Street. Detective Williams, the city’s only black detective, came upon a fracas in a bar and was trying to arrest the men when one opened fire on him.

Detective Williams had been a star of the Cuban Giants of the Negro Baseball League. He was the first black officer killed in the line of duty.

The principal killer in this case, a 22-year-year old male was executed for the crime on November 1st, 1920.

Detective Williams had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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A Hero now in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
January 9, 2015


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