Patrolman Howard L. Peterson

Patrolman Howard L. Peterson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, November 1, 1931

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Howard L. Peterson

Patrolman Howard Peterson was beaten to death by several men while attempting to arrest a taxi cab driver.

Patrolman Peterson was off-duty and with two relatives when he observed a taxi cab being operated in a reckless manner and speeding on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Patrolman Peterson motioned the driver to pull over, but the vehicle fled with Patrolman Peterson in pursuit. The vehicle eventually stopped near the corner of West 21st Street and Mermaid Avenue in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The cab driver exited the vehicle and fled into a restaurant at the location. He exited several minutes later and Patrolman Peterson attempted to taken him into custody. As Patrolman Peterson attempted to make the arrest, a group of men exited the restaurant and attacked him, knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the head. The men then fled the location

Patrolman Peterson died shortly after from his injuries at Coney Island Hospital.

Patrolman Peterson had served with the New York City Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the 66th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 9906

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Peterson,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 1, 2017

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