Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Charles L. Pope

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, October 19, 1990

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles L. Pope

"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
Sergeant
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 13, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
nh

October 16, 2007

To the family and friends of Officer Charles Pope and his fellow officers with the Detroit Police Department, and most especially to Charles.

It has been fifteen years since you were so unjustly taken from your loved ones when you were brutally murdered. Your valor and bravery are not forgotten.

May his loved ones continue to be embraced the caring and comfort of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Officer Pope gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 19, 1990.

Phyllis Loya,mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

October 19, 2005

To the family and friends of Officer Charles Pope and his fellow officers with the Detroit Police Department, and most especially to Charles.

It has been fifteen years since you were so unjustly taken from your loved ones when you were brutally murdered. Your valor and bravery are not forgotten.

May his loved ones continue to be embraced the caring and comfort of their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Officer Pope gave to his community and the citizens of Michigan and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 19, 1990.

Phyllis Loya,mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

October 19, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

October 19, 2004

To Officer Pope family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you


to you Charles, you are gone but not forgotten

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

February 16, 2004

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