Special Policeman Augustus Henry Emery, Jr.

Special Policeman Augustus Henry Emery, Jr.

Chesaning Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, June 6, 1881

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Augustus Henry Emery, Jr.

Special Policeman Augustus Emery died after being assaulted while attempting to break up a fight while the Hilliard & DeMotte Pacficic Circus was in town.

A village dance was occurring across the circus grounds when the fight broke out. Officer Emery was able to break up the initial fight, however, a citizen then assaulted one of the circus employees. A group of over a dozen circus men then attacked the crowd with clubs and other items. Policeman Emery was struck on the head, knocked down, and stomped. He succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Two men were arrested and convicted of second-degree murder and were sentenced to prison. One of the men was later pardoned by the governor.

Policeman Emery was survived by his wife, three daughters, and siblings.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

disorderly, fight call

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Officer Emery,
On today, the 142nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chesaning.


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June 6, 2023

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