Police Officer Rolland Lane, II

Police Officer Rolland Lane, II

Miami Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 23, 1970

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Rolland Lane, II

Officer Lane was shot and killed by a suspect while responding to a report of a disturbance at a hotel. He was shot in the back and leg as he entered the hotel by a former member of the Black Panthers who had just fire-bombed a local business. The suspect was later arrested at the Orlando Airport as he boarded a plane bound for New York. The 26-year-old suspect was found incompetent to stand trial and committed to a mental institution.

In 1977 the suspect was found competent to stand trial and was convicted of Officer Lane's murder and sentenced to life. He received an additional 10 years for the fire-bombing. In 1981 the Florida Court of Appeals threw out the conviction. The Florida Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

Bio

  • Age 21
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed

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I remember Roland from our time together as Miami Police Cadets. I was on the shift following the incident in which he lost his life. I think of Rolland from time to time, even after fifty years have past.

Brian McCabe, Police Officer
Miami Police Department

July 20, 2020

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