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Patrolman George R. Neil | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Patrolman

George R. Neil

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, May 22, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # 5166

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/19/1930

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman George R. Neil died four days after being beaten and then shot with his own weapon.

The men, suspected to be part of an Irish club devoted to attacking blacks, were ordering the victim off his stool at the Back of the Yards diner at 5435 S. Halsted. Officer Neil stepped forward, dressed in civilian clothes, and identified himself as a police officer. Officer Neil lived in nearby all-white Bridgeport. He told the victim that he didn't have to move.

One man threw a stool at Neil while the others beat him. As Neil tried to fend off his attackers, one grabbed his gun and shot him twice in the stomach. They fled in a car.

Officer Neil died four days after the attack. The killers were never convicted.

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