Patrolman John J. Clancy

Patrolman John J. Clancy

Brooklyn Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, September 1, 1890

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John J. Clancy

Patrolman Clancy died of injuries he sustained when he was assaulted by a man he had previously arrested.

Patrolman Clancy was on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Carroll Street speaking with the local butcher when a male walked up behind Patrolman Clancy and struck him in the head with a baseball bat. Patrolman Clancy was taken to Seney Hospital where he died one month later from his wounds, which included a fractured skull.

On January 23, 1891, the suspect, 23, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in Sing Sing Prison.

Patrolman Clancy had served with the Brooklyn Police Department for 3 1/2 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 2, 1890
  • Weapon Blunt object; Bat
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 1, 2020

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