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Police Officer Joseph P. "Joey" Cali

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, May 20, 1975

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Reflections for Police Officer Joseph P. "Joey" Cali

Officer Cali please look over all of us in the department. Our society has turned volatile towards our profession nation wide. I feel sadden knowing that your children grew up without you. I hope they did well in life. They are around the same age as me. Hope you are resting inn peace.

Police officer
Chicago police

October 18, 2020

Officer Cali,
On today, the 42nd anniversary of your death 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 Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

May 20, 2017

I was Joe's partner, and I do keep in touch with the family. They have survived, as time does not heal wounds, but makes them survivable. The family was all there when we had a street honoring Joe dedicated in November, 2015. The street is Oxford, from Devon, north to Avondale. There are street signs at every intersection. The naming of the U.S. Post Office on Northwest Highway has been approved by both houses of Congress, and signed into law by the President of the United States. The plaque is being designed now, and the dedication should be some time after Easter, 2017.

Sgt. Jim Kehoe (retired)
Chicago Police

January 26, 2017

RIP Officer Cali...they want to rename the Norwood Park Post Office after you...a small tribute to a hero.

I hope Officer Cali's wife and children have managed to have some joy over the years. If anyone knows the family please share how the girls turned out.

Edison Park Resident
Police Lives Matter Supporter

August 5, 2016

Yah I'm ok with giving parole eligibility to a juvenile cop killer.

AFTER 30-40 YEARS NOT 11 FREAKING YEARS, ADULT ROBBERS GET TOUGHER PUNISHMENTS THAN THAT

Citizen

July 25, 2016

Although I didn't know Officer Joseph Cali I remember the incident very well. I was waiting to come on the job at the time. Years later I worked many days and nights on Special Employment at the Henry Horner projects and often thought of Joe. My prayers and well wishes are with the family of Joe. May he rest in peace and always be remembered. I'll honor him at the street sign dedication.

Ret. Det. A/5 TJP
CPD

November 7, 2015

Joe, not much time goes by when I don't think of you. One week before I was working Special Employment and was assigned to your Beat car. I had never worked with either you or your partner Art. Everything I'd heard about you was good. I liked you and Art right off. There were three of us on the car and I remember the joking and laughing. I wrote a "parker" at about the same time and location you were writing yours. When working Special the PO needed to show activity. I was single, you were married, had a child and had just bought a house. Fate isn't ever fair. I'm grateful I had that chance to work with You and Art.

Ernest R. Huerta, PO, CPD, Retired
A Friend.

May 20, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 20, 2015

I never had the privilege of knowing you as I was not yet born. However, my mother, father and siblings spoke of you often. They all adored you...and were heartbroken with this tragedy. What happened to you was unfair and unjust... On the 40th anniversary of this tragic day, know that you and the entire Cali family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Christy LoSasso Santos
Cousin

May 19, 2015

I didn't know Joe but I know his partner that day very well. Jim Kehoe never lets the memory of Joe fade from his heart.
RIP Officer Cali.

Retired CPD Tony Caruso
Chicago Police Department

May 7, 2015

Miss you cousin Joe! I will never forget you

Greg

December 30, 2014

Joey was a good cop, I got to know him back as far as when we were classmates together at Lane Tech.
1975-The senseless murder of Officer Joseph Cali, just doing his job and the result was a column in the newspaper and a slap on the wrist for the murderer.
2014-Ferguson, an officer defends himself from an attack by a criminal and racial polarity causes mass violence.
It is distressing to know that conditions are headed in the wrong direction.

Lieutenant Retired
PD River Forest

December 15, 2014

I was out on Lake Street recently which naturally prompted me to think of you. The change from teeming, loitering hordes of people hustling to desolation is remarkable. RIP Joe, you are not forgotten. You and your family remain in our prayers.

Citizen

March 10, 2014

I remember you coming over to our house with my Father who worked with you in 13 when you came on the Job Joe... I also remember you giving me an army man set up toy kit, and a few other toys around Christmas time.. I was 9 yrs old and I still remember your smile and laugh, RIP Joe, you are remembered fondly..

Ralph Scavone 3rd

October 21, 2013

You have not been forgotten for true heroes never die. Keep watch over all of your loved ones

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 20, 2013

Thank you for everything that you did. Thank you especially for being such a good brother to my mom, aunt, and uncle. I know how much they love and miss you.

Becky
Niece

October 28, 2012

Miss you Big brother

Phil Cal
brother

October 16, 2012

It has been 37 years since this tragedy and the CPD shall not allow it to be forgotten. Thank you for your service, you were a hero.

Detective Thomas Downes
Chicago

May 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

I pray for solace for all that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Cali. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 27, 2012

I will never forget you Joey, you were like a big brother too me! What makes it even worse is they let your killer walk after 11 years. I wonder if the the liberal judge would of made that ruling if it was his son or daughter that was killed.

Greg LoSasso

December 8, 2010

Rest in peace brother.

Officer
Wallingford (CT) Police Dept.

October 14, 2009

Thinking of you today, continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 20, 2008

Reading the story of your cruel and senseless murder breaks my heart. I will never forget, nor will we let anyone else forget. I'm saddened, but sadly not shocked, by the "justice" handed down to your killer. I hope your daughters know those of us across this country who will forever remember what you gave.

December 5, 2007

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

October 17, 2007

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