Police Officer Glenn E. Smith

Police Officer Glenn E. Smith

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, October 24, 1970

Glenn E. Smith

Officer Glenn Smith was shot and killed by a sniper at a house used by the Black Panther Party located at 3376 Sixteenth Street.

Officer Smith, in plainclothes, was responding to a call for help from two fellow officers who had tried to ticket two young supporters of the Black Panther Party for illegally distributing literature. When he arrived at the scene, a rifle barrel poked out of the bay window of the home and fired once, killing Officer Smith.

After a standoff, all 16 occupants of the home surrendered and were eventually all found not guilty.

Officer Smith had been a Detroit Police Officer for two years. He is survived by his wife.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 1419

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted


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I'm retired Detroit Police, aged 65. At the time of Patrolman Smith's assassination, I was an 18 year old Police Cadet working at the Dept's. Control Center (this was when cops had to be 21, not 18.) The Control Center was manned (sorry, no women yet) by Sgts. and Lts. who monitored all the major crimes city-wide. When it came out on the radio that an officer had been shot, all Hell broke loose.
As I recall he was working U.C. and shot long range from the Black Panther location. Here I was a naive white kid from Detroit, wanting to be a Police Officer, and the first cop I hear getting murdered is an African American copper killed by the Black Panthers.
Police lives matter. Rest in peace, Glen Smith.

(Ret.) Sgt. Dale Mathes
Detroit Police Dept.

August 14, 2017

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