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Sergeant Robert L. Johnston | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Robert L. Johnston

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 20, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 2049

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 8/15/1925

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Sergeant Robert Johnston died after developing gangrene as the result of a wound sustained when he was kicked in the leg 11 months earlier while making an arrest.

He and his partner were interviewing two men when a third man approached. The officers ordered the third man to leave the area but he refused and began struggling with the officers. During the struggle he kicked Sergeant Johnston in the shin, causing a cut. The cut eventually became infected and led to Sergeant Johnston's death.

The suspect was originally fined only $10 and was never charged in connection with Sergeant Johnston's death.

Sergeant Johnston had served with the Chicago Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and twin daughters.

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RIP Sarge! Your family was and is very proud of your service and your gandsons did very well.
God Bless.

Capt. Michael "Mags" Magliano (Ret.)
Chicago Police Department
September 23, 2015


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