Back In The Day 1971-1972 NYCPD

 From  Ret.  Capt. Harvey Katowitz:   and  Message  from   Randy Jurgensen   Homicide Detective,  ret.

 Let me put some additional figures of my police department "back in the day, 1971-1972".

First and foremost,13 Cops Were "Set Up and Executed" simply because they were cops who

represented law and order. (During that time, 22 NYPD  officers died  in the  line  of  duty) hk            










Date            Rank       Name                  Shield #     Precinct/Command           Cause of Death

Sep 23 1970   Ptl.    Michael  Paolillo             4063             ID Sect.                     Stabbed-Investigation Off Duty
Oct 13 1970    Ptl.    Maurice  Erben               6582             Harbor Unit               Boat-Crushed

Oct 22 1970    Ptl.    Gerald  Murphy              16043            9th                            Shot-Arrest-Off Duty
Nov  9 1970    Sgt.   Henry  Tustin Jr.             2265             32nd                          Shot-Robbery
Jan 19 1971    Ptl.    Gerald  Velotta               25970           18th (Mid. N.)             Shot Accidental Discharge
Jan 22 1971    Ptl.    Robert  Bolden               20025           75th                           Shot-Altercation Off Duty

Feb 15 1971   Det     Joseph  Picciano            2281            41st Det. Sqd.            Shot By Prisoner
Feb 19 1971   Ptl.     Horace  Lord                   4292            Man. N. Pep Sqd.       Shot-Arrest Investigation
Feb 20 1971   Det     Erle  Thompson              1316            114th                          Shot-Domestic Dispute
May 05 1971   Det.    Ivan   Lorenzo                1694            Narco. Div.                 Shot-Altercation Off Duty
May 21 1971   Ptl.    Joseph  Piagentini          8788            32nd                           Shot-Assassination

May 21 1971   Ptl.    Waverly  Jones               4381             32nd                          Shot-Assassination

Jul  24 1971    Ptl.    Robert  Denton               29130           73rd                           Stabbed-Investigation
Aug 20 1971   Ptl.    Kenneth  Nugent             16022          103rd                          Shot-Robbery
Aug 26 1971   Sgt.   Joseph  Morabito            2365            1st Det. Div.               Shot-Investigation
Sep 25 1971   Ptl.    Arthur  Pelo                     3259            HPD Bklyn./S/I           Shot-Robbery Arrest
Nov 24 1971   Ptl.    Patrick  O'Connor            9270            Emer. Serv. Unit        Auto Accident
Dec   7 1971   Det.   Harold  Marshall              768              HPD Bklyn Det Sqd   Heart Attack Chasing Felon
Dec 21 1971   Ptl.    Carson Terry                    3353            HPD                           Shot-Off Duty Robbery Arrest

Jan 27 1972   PO.    Rocco  Laurie                  11019           9th                            Shot-Assassination

Jan 27 1972   PO.    Gregory  Foster               13737           9th                            Shot-Assassination
Mar 18 1972   PO.    Elijah  Stroud                  4202             80th                           Shot-Robbery
Apr   3 1972   Det    William  Capers               945              16th Det. Dist.            Shot Accidental Discharge
Apr 14 1972   PO.    Phillip  Cardillo               26620           28th                           Shot-Investigation
Jun 28 1972   PO.    John  Skagen                  3229            TPD Dist. 2                 Shot Chasing Felon
Oct 22 1972   PO.    Joseph  Meaders             5033             63rd                           Crushed By Oil Truck

      There were bombings, too many to mention.  We, the police, had no vests, no radios, we were outgunned and not supported.  These acts were carried out by people of all color and different backgrounds.  Again, the sole purpose was to kill cops.  During this time, in our great city, there were over 250,000 registered (by arrest) heroin addicts, regularly committing crimes to sustain themselves.  If we had 250,000 people with TB, the city might have been quarantined.  The yearly homicide rate exceeded 2,000, that's 2,000 human beings murdered not in Viet Nam during the war, but in N.Y.C. 

     We were called pigs" in fact, many of the signs at the various demonstrations read, "off the pig".  We were leaderless, not supported by our own Commissioner or Mayor, in fact, they did not have time to attend our funerals.  We buried our own and went out and did the job, trying to just hold the line.  We have been told we were not as well trained and certainly not as well educated as today's police officers.  Well, we did our best and sometime in the future, when we are again compared "racked up 994 shootings", please visit Police Headquarters and look at the Wall of Heroes for 1971-1972

Randy Jurgensen

Homicide Detective, ret.      

 From Mike Bosak                Some Penitent NYPD L.O.D.D. Stats
Factoring out 9/11 and the W/T/C Terrorist Attack;all figures were taken from  official  NYPD stats*:
The last time four (4) NYPD officers were shot & killed while on duty within 10 months was 26 years ago, in 1989
The 1930s followed by the 1920s were the two deadly decades for the NYPD for L.O.D.D.
The Six (6) Deadliest Years for the NYPD [Almost all were shot and killed ]  
1930    19  Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
1931    18  Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
1938    17  Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
1922    17  Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
1932    15  Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
1971    15  Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Prohibition, bootlegging and the depression were all major causal factors in the killing of NYPD police officers in the 1920s and 1930s.  In 1971 it was the B.L.A.   -  Mike Bosak
NOTE:  The above stats were taken from the official NYPD website that listed those killed in the line of duty.  However, they were removed by the department a number of years ago   


 Officer Fatality Update Dec 31,  2019

                 2019        2018         Change
Total          128          157            -18%    

Firearms      49            52            -06%    Traffic          43            49             -12%     Other          36            56             -36%   TX 17          NY 11,     CA 09,       AL 7  

A little boy died last night in the arms of a cop,
Two lives forever change tonight,
Drunk driving has to stop.
Too drunk to buckle up his own son,
Yet not too drunk to drive.
Two lives forever changed tonight,
When will this madness stop?
That little boy is with Jesus now,
His daddy is in jail,
Two lives forever changed tonight,
When will it stop?
Shed this night were the tears of cop,
Two lives forever changed tonight,
The father's and the cop's  by
   ~ Cassie W. ~   Police Explorer


 Columbus Day Parade Oct 8, 2018


 UPDATED 1/27/2020 48 Years Later, a Cold Case Mystery: Who Killed Officer Bolden?

Robert Bolden was gunned down in a Brooklyn bar in 1971, one of 10 N.Y.P.D. officers murdered that year.  The killer was never found.

Three people were in the bar that night — the bartender, an off-duty police officer he was chatting with over the polished wood, and, in the back of the place, a man in a phone booth.   It was a winter night in 1971 in Dunne’s Bar and Grill at the Brooklyn foot of the Manhattan Bridge, a Friday so slow that the bartender decided it was time to close. He asked the police officer, a friend of his who was not in uniform, to tell the man in the booth it was time to go. 

In the chaotic seconds that followed, gunfire tore through Dunne’s, leaving bullets lodged in the bar and the officer, Robert Bolden, dead on floor.  He was 46 years old, a father of three. His killer was never identified.   There are thousands of cold cases in New York City, needling reminders of unfinished business. But the murder at Dunne’s 48 years ago burdens detectives more than many.

His murder is the oldest unsolved case of an officer killed in the city. In July, detectives announced a new push to solve the crime, offering a $111,500 reward, raised by police unions around the country, for any information. Coming so long after the murder, the reward and renewed investigation are measures of the depth of resolve in the New York Police Department when one of its own has been slain READ MORE

Courtesy:  Mike Bosak

JUN 27    “Only A Cop”____ Remark by Joe Fox Ret.   Bureau Chief

       In early 2000 when I was a new Borough Commander of Brooklyn South, then rookie Captain Dave Barrere (Now a two star Chief, Queens South) gave me an article, “Only A Cop.” (Please see link below.) He thought I would enjoy it, and he was on the money. I shared it with everyone I could - all my supervisors and commanding officers, every group of rookies I had who had just graduated the Academy, and then some. Up until that time I had never met the writer, retired Sergeant Harry O’Reilly. After sharing “Only A Cop” with so many people, I decided to try to track the writer down. I had a great conversation with Harry, and eventually a special friendship. I really enjoyed our phone calls and all of the old stories and lessons Harry would share with me. I would come to learn of the amazing career that he had working in so many important specialized units. I particularly loved calling Harry and telling him when I would run into someone who referred to himself as, “just a cop,” and then give him his homework assignment, sending him a copy of “Only A Cop.”


       This past Father’s Day I got the sad news that Harry had passed away. In my 37 year career I have been given so many gifts and so many honors but one of the greatest honors I have been given is speaking at Harry’s funeral this morning.

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