Patrolman Melvin F. Brown

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Melvin Brown is said to have died from a heart attack at his home after his shift. There were said to have been riots during that time and on that day, 14 September, 1967. During those riots, on his shift, he was credited with arresting several rioting and looting suspects by himself. Afterward, he finished his shift and returned to his family home, where he suffered a heart attack and died. His wife obtained a lawyer and sued for his pension after the department's initial claim that his death was not line duty. After hearing her case and the evidence, the courts determined that the stressors of the day's work prior to his death were what caused the heart attack. As a result, because his death was determined to be a line of duty death, she was qualified to receive his full benefits. This ruling sets an important precedent for future cases involving the deaths of law enforcement officers due to work-related stress. It recognized the immense physical and emotional toll that police work can have on individuals, highlighting the need for adequate support and compensation for their families in such tragic circumstances.

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