Sergeant Victor Butler, Jr.

Sergeant Victor Butler, Jr.

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

Victor Butler, Jr.

Sergeant Butler was shot and killed in an ambush outside of an apartment building on NW 46th Street. He and his partner had been called to the building on a domestic disturbance a call just before the end of their shift.

As Sergeant Butler exited the building he was struck in the chest by a shot fired from a passing car. It is believed that he was killed by members of a radical racist group. Several suspects were arrested in the Bahamas several years later.

Officer Butler had served with the agency for 20 years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 688

Incident Details

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

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I was broke in as a police office by Vic Butler, I was a 21 year old rookie cop with Miami. I was one of the first white police officers to ride a single unit after the precinct system,

He taught me a lot. I had the pleasure of riding Liberty City and Over town in Miami.

Thanks to him and other great black officers like him, this white boy survived

Bob Weioss

December 21, 2014

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