|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||003 (10th District - Marquette)|
|End of Watch:||06 March 1970|
|Incident Details:||Patrolman Melvin Brown was a 4-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 10th District - Marquette.
On June 2, 1970, Officer Brown was off-duty and in the New Pioneer Lounge, located at 1200 East 71st Street, when a man entered the establishment and asked the bartender, Hershel Spencer, for a sandwich. After being notified that the kitchen was closed, the man asked for the location of the restroom. As he headed toward the restroom, the man spun around with a gun, announced a holdup and ordered the patrons to place their hands on the bar. Although Officer Brown was armed, he chose not to use his weapon and attempted to disarm the gunman. During the struggle, two armed accomplices entered the tavern and shot Officer Brown multiple times. He was able to draw his weapon and fire two rounds before his revolver malfunctioned. The gunmen quickly fled the tavern with no proceeds from the attempted robbery.
Officer Brown was transported to Billings Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds on June 3, 1970. The bartender was also shot, but made a full recovery.
The three gunmen, described as male blacks in their early 20s, escaped and remain unidentified.
Officer Brown was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Patrolman Melvin Brown, born February 13, 1940, received his probationary appointment to the Chicago Police Department on June 27, 1966.
He is survived by his wife, Albertyne; daughter, Leza; mother, Velma and step-father, Robert.