Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

Auxiliary Sergeant David Freed

New York City Police Department - Auxiliary Police Section, New York

End of Watch Sunday, August 31, 1975

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David Freed

Auxiliary Sergeant Freed was killed after being hit over the head with his nightstick.

Sergeant Freed and his partner were in their patrol car at 72nd Street and East Drive, in Central Park, when a nude man approached their vehicle from the rear, opened the door and took Sergeant Freed's nightstick. Sergeant Freed and his partner exited their vehicle to arrest the suspect but were attacked with the nightstick. Sergeant Freed's partner received a laceration to the head and was treated. Sergeant Freed died as a result of the wounds inflicted on him. The suspect was arrested when backup officers arrived on the scene.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled March 24, 1992.

Sergeant Freed had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his fiancée, an Auxiliary Police Officer, and his parents. Officer Freed had received two merit citations and five commendations during his tour as a New York City Auxiliary Officer.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Officer's nightstick
  • Offender Paroled in 1992

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Today I remember Sgt. Freed and his courage. I was once an Auxiliary Police Officer for Nassau County Police and the City of Long Beach Police. I was also a NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police Officer and know firsthand what it is like to be treated as a fourth class citizen by the City of New York. I only wish that the New York Peace Officers Benevolent
Association was in existence back then and maybe there would have never been any LODs in the NYPD Auxiliary as well as the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police. I will work in your honor Sgt.Freed to make the working conditions for NYPD Auxiliary better by getting them full arrest authority, right to carry firearms, right to issue summonses, and finally respect from the regular members of the NYPD.

P.O. I. Howard Friedman
NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation PD

September 1, 2019

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