49th Anniversary of
the Death of Patrolman Oscar Joel Bryant
MAY 13, 2017

We will never forget Policeman Oscar Joel Bryant, who was killed in the line of duty on May 13, 1968, after being shot while responding to an armed robbery in progress at a dress shop on South Western Avenue.

Policeman Bryant surprised four robbers inside and ordered them outside on the sidewalk where he ordered them to line up and place their hands on the window. One suspect, who had a revolver hidden in his waistband, drew the weapon and fired from under his arm, striking Policeman Bryant in the leg and chest.

As Policeman Bryant fell fatally wounded, he emptied his service revolver, wounding the suspect who shot him and another suspect. Other officers arrived on the scene, took the suspects into custody and arrested three females waiting in their getaway car.

In September 1968, a group of African American officers established the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, in the spirit of honoring Officer Bryant's ultimate sacrifice.

On Monday, November 28, 2011, the 56th anniversary of his birth, LAPD Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner was honored at a community event hosted by the Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (A.B.L.E.) & the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation (O.B.J.). The event, attended by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Asst. Chief Earl Paysinger, Rev. Cecil Murray, former Inglewood Mayor Danny Tabor, Kenny's parents Otto & Mary  (Click here)
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