Corporal John Lawrence Pierce

Corporal John Lawrence Pierce

Whittier Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, May 18, 1977

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John Lawrence Pierce

Corporal John Pierce died as a result of injuries sustained nine months earlier while conducting an undercover narcotics investigation at Whittier College.

He was leaving a dormitory when two security guards, who had received a complaint about a man harassing students, accosted him in a case of mistaken identity. The security guards shoved him into a parked car which resulted in Officer Pierce suffering a broken neck.

Both security guards were charged with felony assault but were later acquitted.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 19, 1976
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Acquitted

narcotics, undercover

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A shame! Terrible tragedy Corporal Pierce. Rest in peace. Acquitted by virtue of total judicial incompetence. From the judge on down. Total lack of dignity and respect.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 17, 2019

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