Officer Milo John Kennedy, 28 years old, was on night foot patrol on August 7, 1932, Officer Kennedy was drawn to a group of gang members who had assembled in Logan Circle Park in Washington, D.C. One of the gang members had thrown a rock at the policeman and Officer Kennedy immediately arrested him.
While he was walking his prisoner to the call box, Officer Kennedy was knocked unconscious from behind by a thrown brick. Then the gang closed in. As many as 15 people in all took part in the savage beating. Officer Kennedy died the next day at Garfield Hospital from the terrible injuries he had suffered.
Justice in the case was swift. Five admitted part in brutal mob attack on Park Policeman. Three others were charged with being accessories. Within a few months of the crime, three men were convicted of first degree murder. And just two years later they were led one by one to the electric chair at the D.C. Jail. It was only the second triple execution in D.C. history, lasting a total of just 27 minutes.
Officer Kennedy was interred in Arlington National Cemetary. Officer Kennedy’s name has been engraved on Panel 35, West 18 of the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial.