Chicago Council Ponders History of First Cop to Die on Duty


The Chicago Tribune reports that the circumstances under which Constable James Quinn died a violent death in the 19th century will be reviewed by the Chicago city council to determine whether Quinn should be paid honor as the first Windy City cop to die in the line of duty. Police officials believe Quinn was off-duty when he was slain and probably died after a drunken confrontation in a bad part of town.

Casper Lauer, who was stabbed to death several months after Quinn was killed, is officially considered to be the first officer in the city to die while in service as a law officer. But Rick Barrett, a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent who discovered Quinn’s case while doing genealogical research, believes Quinn died while trying to collar a violent career criminal named William Reese.


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