Patrolman John W. Simpson

Patrolman John W. Simpson

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, July 28, 1919

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John W. Simpson

Patrolman John W. Simpson was shot and killed at the 31st Street Station during a race riot. 25 rioters were killed and 326 were injured over a 13 day period.

This was the worst race riot out of 25 that occurred in the U.S. in 1919. Other riots occurred in Millen, Georgia, Washington D.C., Knoxville, Tennessee, Longview, Texas, Phillips County, Arkansas, Omaha, Nebraska, and most dramatically in Chicago. They became known as the "Red Summer Riots".

Patrolman Simpson was assigned to the 3rd Precinct and is buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 4774

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Unknown

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

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