Patrolman George R. Neil

Patrolman George R. Neil

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, May 22, 1930

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George R. Neil

Patrolman George R. Neil died four days after being beaten and then shot with his own weapon.

The men, suspected to be part of an Irish club devoted to attacking blacks, were ordering the victim off his stool at the Back of the Yards diner at 5435 S. Halsted. Officer Neil stepped forward, dressed in civilian clothes, and identified himself as a police officer. Officer Neil lived in nearby all-white Bridgeport. He told the victim that he didn't have to move.

One man threw a stool at Neil while the others beat him. As Neil tried to fend off his attackers, one grabbed his gun and shot him twice in the stomach. They fled in a car.

Officer Neil died four days after the attack. The killers were never convicted.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5166

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 19, 1930
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman Neil,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 22, 2020

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