Policeman Michael Wayne Parker

Policeman Michael Wayne Parker

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, August 18, 1970

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Michael Wayne Parker

Policeman Michael Parker was killed in an automobile crash at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and North Alvarado Street while pursuing a motorcycle that was believed to have been stolen.

The motorcycle collided with Policeman Parker's patrol car, causing it to leave the roadway and strike a utility pole. Policeman Parker was ejected from the patrol car and suffered fatal injuries.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered critical injuries and was subsequently charged with manslaughter.

Policeman Parker had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, 11-month-old daughter, mother, and two sisters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 13031

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter


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What an absolute tragedy! Godspeed Officer Parker!

Police Officer Ron Bates (ret), I'm so sorry you had to live through all that! For an employer to make an example of you when you gave everything for that employer, and the city of Los Angeles is criminal as far as I'm concerned. I pray you've lived a safe, happy, and fulfilled life since then. There is a special place for people like you and your partner. I pray you two get to get together again sometime in the future so you can again enjoy each other's company. I also pray middle and upper command at LAPD and every police department gets to see your story and make changes. Changes that include treating officers with dignity, respect, and support, that went thru anything like you did. You had one of the toughest jobs there is and most people have no idea. I can safely say I don't know either! But, I know it's very tough.

Adam Schwartz
Just a grateful citizen!

August 26, 2021

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