Special Officer Stuart K. Harvey

Special Officer Stuart K. Harvey

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, November 6, 1900

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Stuart K. Harvey

Special Officer Stuart Harvey was shot and killed and Patrolman Samuel Carpenter was seriously wounded while attempting to quell a riot at a polling station on election day.

From 1894 until 1908 the Denver Police Department was known for violence and corruption under a corrupt chief. The chief used his power to extort money from criminals and "played favorites" in enforcing the law. Trouble was expected before the November 6 election day. The republican sheriffs department and the democratic police department had been at odds with each other for several months. The police had sworn in 600 special officers and the sheriff swore in a like amount of special deputies. Orders were issued by the police board stating the police were not to recognize the authority of the deputies. During election the inevitable clash happened. Special Officer Harvey was killed, Patrolman Carpenter was seriously wounded, and several on both sides were wounded, some seriously, before in was over. No arrest were made and no one was ever charged with Special Officer Harvey's murder or shooting Patrolman Carpenter.

In 1908 the Denver chief was forced out and the department looked forward to brighter days with a properly ran department.

Patrolman Samuel Carpenter died of his wounds on January 17, 1910.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Harvey,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver.


United States Border Patrol

November 6, 2020

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