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Deputy Sheriff Ralph G. Hancock | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

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Ralph G. Hancock

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, January 10, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Ralph Hancock and Deputy Sheriff Ralph Dwayne Wilder were shot and killed during a civil rights demonstration that turned into a riot on North Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge.

Police converged on the demonstration when three newsmen were attacked. A single shot was fired from an unknown person followed by a fierce gun battle between demonstrators and police. Two demonstrators were killed and 34 others were injured. Several suspects were arrested.

Eventually 13 suspects were charged in connection with Deputy Wilder's and Deputy Hancock's murder. On May 8th, 1973, nine suspects were convicted of inciting a riot and participating in a riot in which death occurred. They were each sentenced to 21 years in prison. On March 31st, 1975, the Louisiana Supreme Court overturned their convictions stating that they could not and did not receive a fair trial in Baton Rouge.

After the trial of the 13 suspects was over, the key witness in the trial received several death threats. On June 13th, 1974, he was found shot to death outside his office in Baton Rouge.

Deputy Hancock had served with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Deputy Sheriff Ralph Dwayne Wilder
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Monday, January 10, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

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And once again today EBRSO Deputies and Baton Rouge City Police have been confronted with racists that have taken the lives of law enforcement officers due to racial hatred. All the feelings of 1972 come back again from that terrible day.

God bless all of our law enforcement officers and their families.

Corporal David Hancock (1986-88)
East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office
July 17, 2016

 

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