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Correctional Officer William W. Latimer | United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

Correctional Officer

William W. Latimer

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, October 15, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Location: District of Columbia

Incident Date: 9/11/1960

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Correctional Officer William Latimer succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier when he was assaulted by three juvenile inmates at the National Training School for Boys in Washington, DC.

The first of the three boys approached Officer Latimer, who was seated at his desk in the dormitory, and asked to use the bathroom. A second boy then approached and asked the same question. When Officer Latimer turned his back to unlock the bathroom the door the suspect grabbed a cast iron desk lamp off of his desk and struck him over the head. The third boy then held Officer Latimer on the ground as the three severely beat him.

The three boys then grabbed Officer Latimer's keys and fled. Several inmates who heard the commotion chased the three juveniles and helped other guards subdue them.

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Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF
May 28, 2017

 

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