Chief of Police Joe Ben Jenkins

Chief of Police Joe Ben Jenkins

Cartersville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 1930

Joe Ben Jenkins

Chief Joe Jenkins was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with an intoxicated subject.

The suspect was lynched by an angry mob on October 1, 1930, after being taken from the county jail.

Chief Jenkins had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and six children and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

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