Park Police Officer Charles J. Speaker

Park Police Officer Charles J. Speaker

Chicago Park District Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, June 30, 1941

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Charles J. Speaker

Park Police Officer Charles J. Speaker was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in Jackson Park, at 59th Street and Stony Island Avenue.

The shooter, who was a parolee and who had also killed two other people in the 72 hours prior to killing Officer Speaker, was executed in January of 1942.

Officer Speaker had served with the Chicago Park District Police Department for 28 years and set to retire in only a few months. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 357

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1942

parolee, robbery

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

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

June 30, 2020

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