Police Officer Harold Hamilton

Police Officer Harold Hamilton

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 19, 1970

Harold Hamilton

Officer Harold Hamilton was shot and killed after responding to a bank robbery call at the Wells Fargo Bank at Seventh Avenue and Clement Street.

When Officer Hamilton and his partner arrived, they attempted to enter the bank and Officer Hamilton was shot and killed. Officer Hamilton's partner was able to return fire, wounding the suspect.

At the officer's funeral, members of the Black Liberation Army planted a time bomb outside of the church. The bomb exploded but did not injure any mourners.

The suspect was released after 17 years in prison but later died of the gunshot wounds suffered in the incident.

Officer Hamilton had been a member of the San Francisco Police Department for six years and is survived by his wife and four children.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 296

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Died from gunshot wounds

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RIP Uncle Harold. 47 years since you have been gone. I never got to meet you but I hear such wonderful things about you from my dad ( your little brother, Sam ) I have the highest respect for anyone who is in this line of work and am so proud of my SFPD and law enforcement Family. May you rest in peace. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. We love you.

Cindy Gillmore

October 20, 2017

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