Police Officer Rufus H. Daniels

Police Officer Rufus H. Daniels

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 23, 1917

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Rufus H. Daniels

Police Officer Rufus Daniels, Police Officer Horace Moody, Police Officer Edwin Meinecke, Police Officer Ira Raney, and Police Officer Daniel Patton were shot and killed during race riots that started after the arrest of several black soldiers assigned to Camp Logan.

After being harassed by citizens, a large mob of soldiers stole rifles and went on a rampage, shooting and killing a total of 16 people throughout the city.

Over 100 soldiers were court-martialed after being taken into custody during the riots. Nineteen of them were sentenced to death and executed. In 2023, with insurmountable evidence, all soldiers were granted clemency, and their service records were changed to honorably discharged.

Officer Daniels served with the Houston Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and two small children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire


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Rest in peace Officer Daniels.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2022

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