Patrolman Richard White

Patrolman Richard White

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, August 4, 1927

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Richard White

Patrolman Dick White was killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle.

Patrolman White was pursuing a speeding motorist on his motorcycle when another driver who was making a turn cut a corner at Luther Avenue and East 55th Street. Patrolman White attempted to avoid a collision by hitting his brakes but struck the car after skidding 60 feet. He and the motorcycle flipped over and onto the car. He suffered a fractured skull.

The driver of the car he was chasing was never located. The driver that turned in front of him was charged with careless driving and manslaughter but was acquitted.

Patrolman White was survived by his mother, two sisters, and fiancee. His brother-in-law also served with the Cleveland Police Department.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 3, 1927
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Acquitted

motor officer, motorcycle crash, vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Richard White of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 74 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

August 3, 2023

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