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Officer James Hilton Ware County Police Department, Georgia


James Hilton "Cracker" Johnson

Ware County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 22, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 19 to 20 years

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Officer Johnson was killed when he was crushed between a car and a bridge trestle. He had stopped the car for investigation of run rumming. He got on the running board and ordered the car to drive to the courthouse. Within a block from the courthouse the driver deliberately ran Officer Johnson into the trestle causing fatal injuries. The driver, his wife, and another man were arrested and charged with murder.

The 30-year-old driver was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 19 to 20 years in prison. Charges against his wife were dismissed after she spent ten months in jail. The other passenger was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years.

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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 82nd 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
January 15, 2013


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