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

Police Officer Rolland Lane was shot and killed by a suspect while responding to a report of a disturbance at a hotel at 50 NW 8th Street.

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, 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 and the Florida Supreme Court subsequently refused to hear the case.

Officer Lane had only served with the Miami Police Department for eight months.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

disturbance, EDP

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