Officer William Beasley

Officer William Beasley

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, January 1, 1885

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William Beasley

Officer William Beasley was shot and killed on Dec. 24 while subduing an Orlando bartender as part of an attempt to quell a riot in 1885.

Officer Beasley had ordered the subject to move along on an overly crowded street but the subject resisted, obtained a pistol, and shot Officer Beasley when the lawman tried to subdue him. Officer Beasley's murderer was tried and hanged.

Officer Beasley was survived by his wife and daughter. He was a Confederate Civil War Veteran who served as a private in the 1st Florida Calvary, Company D.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed


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Rest in peace Officer Beasley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 30, 2019

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