Patrolman George E. Roberts

Patrolman George E. Roberts

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, July 7, 1890

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George E. Roberts

Patrolman George Roberts died after being punched in the neck by a man he was attempting to arrest at an election polling place.

The polling place precinct sheriff attempted to prevent Patrolman Roberts from posting material at the location and started fighting him. When Patrolman Roberts attempted to place him under arrest the man struck him, breaking his neck.

The man was initially charged with murder but plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. He was fined $50, but the fine was later dismissed by Kentucky's governor.

Patrolman Roberts had served with the Louisville Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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The facts in this case and the killer being let go is a travesty. I truly wish we could make it right. You aren't forgotten.

Constable Stuart Prettel
State of SC

July 7, 2017

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