Patrolman John Vincent Gleason, Jr.

Patrolman John Vincent Gleason, Jr.

Plainfield Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, July 16, 1967

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John Vincent Gleason, Jr.

Patrolman John Gleason was beaten to death by a group of youths at a housing complex. Patrolman Gleason was part of a mobilization at the complex as a result of two days of civil unrest.

He was attacked at the intersection of West Second Street and Plainfield Avenue. The subjects took his service revolver and shot him before beating him to death.

The suspects were found guilty of Patrolman Gleason's murder and sent to prison. They were released after serving their sentence.

Patrolman Gleason was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Plainfield Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and sister.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 84
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Released from prison

civil unrest

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With all the riots currently, I remembered how Officer Gleason’s murder affected me growing up. I lived in neighboring town and remember my mom crying that he was killed. We prayed for him and his family. I never really got over it or how it happened even though we never
knew him. Still breaks my heart. Will always have respect for the Blue. May he RIP

Jan Sansone

June 1, 2020

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