Police Officer Arthur L. Williams

Police Officer Arthur L. Williams

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 1, 1978

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Arthur L. Williams

Officer Arthur Williams was shot and killed while chasing two men who had broken into his apartment.

As Officer Williams awoke and sat up in his bed a 17-year-old standing at his door shot him in the heart. The suspect was standing watch as the other 23-year-old intruder searched the apartment. Officer Williams managed to grab his service revolver and fired three wild shots as he chased the suspects down the stairs before collapsing. Both suspects were eventually apprehended and sentenced to life. The gunman was paroled on December 22, 1992.

Officer Williams had served with the Newark Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 1547

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1992

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When your life was taken, I (your son) was just a 16 year old boy. Part of me became a man at the moment I was told that you had passed away, but another part of me shall forever remain that 16 year old boy, now just residing in the body of this 60 year old man.

Since that terrible day I have been honored to receive numerous awards. The most prominent among them FOR ME were these two:

(1) The evening that I was inducted into the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame, a good friend of yours hugged me and said, "Your dad is so proud of you".

(2) One day I took my twin sons, who were about 10 years old at the time, past the home we once shared and also the place where you were murdered. A little olé woman from the neighborhood somehow recognized me and lovingly stopped so we could just hug one another. When I introduced your grandsons to her she remarked, "...this neighborhood has never been the same since your grandfather was killed... he was a Great Man..".

The turmoil these days surrounding police and policing too often negates and/or minimizes the TRUE ESSENCE of the legacy of those who have and continue to embrace the IDEAL (not just the idea) of "To Protect and Serve".

I (and so many others) shall forever trod proudly in your footprints P.O. Arthur L. Williams a.k.a. : Art; Sonny and DAD...
as we live in the shadow of a life well lived...
while alllways saluting Y-O-U...
for a job well done.

In Memory of:
The Late ARTHUR L. Williams
an admirable example of a MAN who lived as a TRUE Public Servant.

Ra'Him Craig Williams

Ra'Him Craig Williams

April 22, 2021

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