Police Chief Who Urged Restraint in ’68 Riots Dies

Patrick Murphy remembered as police reformer

By CHRIS HAWLEY
|  Friday, Dec 16, 2011  |  Updated 9:48 PM EDT
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Police Chief Who Urged Restraint in ’68 Riots Dies

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Former D.C. Police Chief Patrick Murphy is being remembered as the embodiment of police reform after his death at age 91.

Gerard Murphy said his father died of a heart attack Friday at a hospital in Wilmington, N.C.

Murphy, a former New York police commissioner, was chief of police in Detroit, Washington, Syracuse, and the nation's largest city during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.

In 1968, he ordered police to use restraint in controlling riots in Washington after the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. In New York in 1972, he instituted rules restricting the use of deadly force to situations in which police needed to defend a life.

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