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Patrolman John Vincent Gleason, Jr. | Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey


John Vincent Gleason, Jr.

Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, July 16, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 84

Military veteran

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Released from prison

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Patrolman John Gleason was beaten to death by a group of youths at a housing complex. Patrolman Gleason was part of a mobilization at the complex as a result of two days of civil unrest.

He was attacked at the intersection of West Second Street and Plainfield Avenue. The subjects took his service revolver and shot him before beating him to death.

The suspects were found guilty of Patrolman Gleason's murder and sent to prison. They were released after serving their sentence.

Patrolman Gleason was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Plainfield Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and sister.

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I was in 5th grade going into 6th grade at the time of the riots. I lived on Whittingham terrace in Plainfiled and the Gleason's lived on Randolph Road, next door to our friends The Gellers. I remembered when this happened and was so saddened. I remember the children and felt so sad for them. I also remember Mrs. Gleason being such a nice person.

Sharon Toll
September 2, 2017


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