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Special Patrolman Thomas Sparks | New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

Special Patrolman

Thomas Sparks

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, July 9, 1857

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 7/4/1857

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Sparks succumbed to injuries received when he was struck by an object after arresting a man for assault.

Patrolman Sparks had been appointed a Special Patrolman only one night before due to rioting going on in the city. Two rival gangs, "The Bowery Boys" and "The Dead Rabbits" had faced off against each other.

Patrolman Sparks heard a cry for help and arrested a man while investigating. As he walked the man toward White Street he was struck with an object by a member of the "Dead Rabbits" gang. He was taken home where his condition deteriorated he died five days after being assaulted.

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Gang warfare is trivial, childish b.s. and always has been. You were taken from family, friends and colleagues 159 years ago today. You were a pioneer in American Law Enforcement.

God Bless you Brother and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
July 9, 2016


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