P.O. Nels Hansen #822

Name: Hansen, Nels
Star: 822
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 003 Precinct
End of Watch: 14-June-1886
Incident Details: Police Officer Nels Hansen, 50, was an 18-month veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 3rd Precinct.

On May 4, 1886, union leaders, socialists, anarchists, and laborers gathered at Haymarket Square.  The group of approximately, 1,000 people was protesting work conditions and long work hours.  Between 8:00-9:00 p.m., the crowd burst into chaos briefly and nearly 200 police officers from the Desplaines Street Station were dispatched to maintain order.  Shortly after, an unknown assailant ignited a bomb in the crowd which led to gunfire and chaos.  Both police officers and civilians were injured and killed during the bedlam.

Officer Hansen suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died from septicemia at County Hospital on June 14.

Officer Hansen was laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife and two children.