Police Officer Thomas Michael Phillips

Police Officer Thomas Michael Phillips

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, August 28, 1987

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Thomas Michael Phillips

Police Officer Thomas Phillips was struck and killed by a hit-and-run taxi cab while conducting a traffic stop of a suspected drunk driver on the Pontchartrain Expressway in the downtown area.

The drunk driver had stopped in the middle of the three-lane highway. Officer Phillips was struck by the taxi as he approached the vehicle.

The cab driver was arrested several days later and charged with homicide, but the charges were later dropped.

Officer Phillips had served with the New Orleans Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his daughter and son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 27, 1987
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charges dropped


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Rest in peace Officer Phillips.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 22, 2021

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