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Patrolman George E. Roberts | Louisville Police Department, Kentucky Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman

George E. Roberts

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, July 7, 1890

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman George Roberts died after being punched in the neck by a man he was attempting to arrest at an election polling place.

The polling place precinct sheriff attempted to prevent Patrolman Roberts from posting material at the location and started fighting him. When Patrolman Roberts attempted to place him under arrest the man struck him, breaking his neck.

The man was initially charged with murder but plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. He was fined $50, but the fine was later dismissed by Kentucky's governor.

Patrolman Roberts had served with the Louisville Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.

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The facts in this case and the killer being let go is a travesty. I truly wish we could make it right. You aren't forgotten.

Constable Stuart Prettel
State of SC
July 7, 2017

 

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