KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
Officer Officer
Barney Jasper
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 22, 1924
Age: 31
DOB: September 2, 1892
Tour of Duty:
Cause of death: Gunfiore

The night of January 21, 1924, Officer Barney Jasper was walking in Little Italy when an unknown assailant ambushed him, shooting him in the back. He was found where he had fallen in front of 518 Forest Avenue. Police theory was that the assailant hid behind a tall fence at the address and fired on him from that spot. Officer Jasper died on January 22, 1924. The suspect was never identified.

Officer Jasper, 31, was the first black Kansas City police officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was survived by his wife, Henrietta Jasper.
Interred: Highland Cemetery.

Article by Brent Marchant