P.O. Joseph Cali #3271

Name: Cali, Joseph
Star: 3271
Memorial Panel #: 11
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 013
End of Watch: 20 May 1975
Incident Details: Police Officer Joseph Cali, 31, was a 2-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 013 District. On May 19, 1975, Officer Cali was issuing a parking ticket in front of the Henry Horner Homes on the 2100 block of West Lake Street. James Clark, 17, aimed his .22 caliber rifle from a third-floor apartment and shot Officer Cali. Clark’s nephew testified that moments after the shooting James Clark confessed to shooting the officer. According to additional reports, Clark bragged about the murder. Officer Cali was rushed to Cook County Hospital where he died the next day. Police recovered the rifle hidden inside of Clark’s couch. James Clark pleaded guilty to Officer Cali’s murder and was sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison. Officer Cali’s funeral mass was held at St. Juliana’s Church and he was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Neva; daughters, Jennifer and Carylin.