03 March 2015

On This Day: Philly cop acquitted of murder

The Lancaster Daily Intelligencer reported, On This Day in 1881, that William Shields, a Philadelphia policeman, was acquitted. He had been charged with the murder of Francis Burk, who died as a result of being shot by Shields last May. 

Image: Chronicling America, Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, 3 March 1881



On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.