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Lieutenant William Louis Skinner

Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 1971

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Reflections for Lieutenant William Louis Skinner

Lt. Skinner,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Korea. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 19, 2021

Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your heroic actions and sacrifice.

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

August 19, 2020

I remember that day well !!!

Det. Joe Husbands

March 27, 2017

Lt. Skinner your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to The City of Jackson and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE Brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, TroopD

August 19, 2016

As I watch the service from the National Mall for fallen officers, each year I remember Lt Skinner. I was a college student in the late 60s and some friends of mine and I opened a Christian coffeehouse in one of the bad parts of Jackson. Lt. Skinner and another officer came down one night not knowing what we were there for and gave us a hard time, but after talking to us he discovered our purpose and by the time he left he was encouraging us to continue with what we were doing. He came several times after that to make sure we were okay. He was a really fine man!! I didn't know him well and it has been many years, but I still think of him.

Barbara Whitehead

May 13, 2016

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to the Citizens and City of Jackson! Continue to Rest in Peace Officer Skinner.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

August 19, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 18, 2013

Some one Killed a Policemen August 19,1971 and Part Of America Died He answered the call he gave it his all and Part Of America Died
Lieutenant William Louis Skinner thank you for giving your all and pay the ultimate price to protect us REST IN PEACE


November 25, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 29, 2007

You may be gone, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you Brother for your service and dedication.

March 17, 2005

Lt. Skinner, thank you for giving your services to protect the citizens of Jackson,and the State of Mississippi from evildoers. You gave the ultimate sacrifice while doing so. You will not be forgotten.

Clinton, MS

February 1, 2005

I was sworn into the Washington,DC Police Department on August 16th, 1971, two days before your death. I survived to retire. God was ready for you, but I have to wait. Lou, as you now know, Jesus Loves You, so do we!

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond,Va Police

October 7, 2003

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