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Sergeant James E. Richardson, Jr.

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, July 19, 1980

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Reflections for Sergeant James E. Richardson, Jr.

Rest in peace Sergeant Richardson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 15, 2021

Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 19, 2020

The killer of Jimmy Richardson should have gotten the death penalty but one male juror, who happened to be black, said Jimmy was not better than he was! That made me mad. Jimmy was lying on the ground, wounded, and begged for his life, telling the killer that he had children and a wife to live for. The killer then shot him as he lay wounded on the ground. A homeless man was sitting right there and heard it all and testified at the trial. Killers like this of all races need to die as they could end up on parole in Georgia.

assistant DA who watched Russ try case
Fulton County DA office

March 27, 2018

Hi, I am Angela McMinn. I am the coordinator of The "No parole for cop killers" program for Officer Down Memorial Page. I am also A police survivor. My Dad chief of police Andrew William Saluda Police Department. 09/03/1976, Saluda NC When He was murdered I was 10 and I began the parole wars with his killer in 1987 at 21. I had to relive that day every year for 13 years till he died In prison. As with all cops, James Richardson Atlanta Officer went out each day with badge and uniform on sworn to protect people he had never met. As with a lot of officers, He was killed during a Traffic stop. But there are many situations that are dangerous for cops ( bank robbery, Domestic violence ) In America, law enforcement officers are our first line of defense. Often the story of A cop being killed goes like this- dispatch radios him of a home break-in in progress. A terrified wife wakes her husband, she heard glass breaking downstairs and someone moving around. She is up going to the kids sleeping down the hall. He stops her and tells her to dial 911 he will go protect the kids, he locks the bedroom door as he leaves. She calls 911 and they keep her on the phone as they send Officers. She hears the person running up the stairs, meanwhile, the husband is standing in the hallway ready to protect his family. As the criminal is coming upstairs he does not hear the officers arrive. He gets to the top of the stairs and points his gun at the father. The Father knows he is going to die his last thought was a prayer ( God Protect my wife and Children ) THIS IS A PRAYER MOST OFFICERS SAY EACH DAY THEY KNOW EACH TIME THEY HUG THEIR FAMILY MAY BE THE LAST, just as the criminal prepares to shoot he hears a sound behind him and turns and shoots and kills a cop. Other officers are right there to arrest him. Him and wife and child are safe. Thank God. But at what cost. That officer Will never return home to protect his wife and 6-year-old Daughter, who today still longs for her Daddy. You then realize that officer took a bullet for you so you can take care of your family. That officer never met you but he was there for you. Who was the family that is safe Because of an Officer Who was the man that did not get a bullet meant for him? Who were the wife and children so thankful for what the Officer did? The man, IT COULD HAVE BEEN YOU HE TOOK A BULLET FOR. It could be your family crying with relief. They protect you, please protect Them. Protect his family from living knowing the person who murdered their hero walked free. He is not there to protect them but you as A member of the parole board are in a unique position to protect them from that pain and also let them know That the severity of what their hero did is never forgotten.

Angela McMinn
Survivor, Daughter of Chief Andrew Williams

May 16, 2017

I remember Jimmy well , we took some classes back in the 70's. I've probably never rode down Peters St without remembering, almost 40 yrs

Citizen of Douglasville. Steve Gordon

July 19, 2016

Thank you all for your kind words. Sgt. James E. Richardson Jr. was my father. I was only 6 years old when he was taken from us, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I miss him everyday, I pray for all the men and women that serve and I pray for the families for those who paid the ultimate price.

Adrienne Richardson

February 12, 2016

Sgt you are long gone but I always remember you like it was yesterday.I met you at the old Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.I had just been hired.not too long after meeting you friends were telling me an Atlanta Policeman had been killed and his picture was in the newspaper..I hurried to get a paper opened it up and there was a big picture of you.I was in shock and disbelief! RIP Sarge you will always be remembered!

Ofc A Jackson (Retired)
Atlanta P. D.

December 22, 2015

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Detective Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

March 24, 2013

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Richardson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 17, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 19, 2010

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 8, 2007

Just a note to say you are not forgotten.

Doug Teachworth
Lynnwood, WA PD

July 20, 2007

I pray that you are still resting peacefully and hope that you are watching over us down here.

Cpl. Egendoerfer
Mishawaka PD

July 19, 2006

Thank you my brother. Rest well. Godspeed.

Senior Motor Officer M. Thurmond

July 19, 2006



July 19, 2005

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