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Police Officer Michael J. Czapski | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Michael J. Czapski

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, March 29, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 11 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer Michael Czapski was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to reports of a group of men standing in front of a church with rifles at Linwood and Euclid Streets. The men opened fire on the officers as they approached, mortally wounding Officer Czapski. Officer Czapski's partner who was severely wounded radioed for help. More than 50 officers stormed the church, shot and wounded 4 suspects, and arrested 142 people.

Police later stated that their investigation was severely hampered when 12 hours later a Recorders Court Judge freed all but two suspects. Three men were eventually charged in connection with the shooting. All three were tried and acquitted a year later. On October 26, 1970, one of them was stabbed to death in Detroit.

Officer Czapski was a U.S. Army veteran.

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Officer Czapski,
Yours was the first police funeral I attended during my career with a neighboring city. I was so impressed with the camaraderie shown. I also will never forget or forgive the slime balls of Judge Crockett and Arethas father the reverend Franklin who allowed those thugs to hold up in his church. RIP my brother.

Ron Muschong Retired
WPD
November 30, 2015

 

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