Patrolman Melvin Cohen

Patrolman Melvin Cohen

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, December 7, 1971

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Melvin Cohen

Patrolman Melvin Cohen was killed after his three-wheel motorcycle struck an elevated train pillar on West Lake Street while he was pursuing a speeding motorist.

During the chase, Officer Cohen braked to avoid traffic and struck the pillar. The motorist being pursued was never located.

Officer Cohen joined the department in 1955 and was assigned to Traffic Area 5 on the northwest side. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, one son, his mother and two sisters. Officer Cohen was also a member of the National Guard.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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As I sit at my desk, thoughts of my father crossed my mind so I decided to look up Melvin Cohen and I came across this site for which I had no knowledge of before.

I have been moved to tears at all the comments left and I thank each of you - from the bottom of my heart for all your thoughts and memories.

With all the horrible things going on in the world today, especially against our heroic officers, a daily prayer that they all are able to come home safe will continue in my life.

Your 13 year old grandson, Carter and I think about and miss you daily. The American Flag and a replica of your police badge are proudly displayed in our living room.

Your daughter...


January 22, 2015

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