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Name: Stallworth, Herman
Star: 10965
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 003
End of Watch: 24 May 1967
Incident Details: Officer Herman Stallworth, 37, was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Grand Crossing Station.
On May 24, 1967, Officer Stallworth, and his partner, Eugene Ervin, stopped a vehicle at Cottage Grove Avenue and Marquette Road for a traffic violation. When the officers approached the vehicle, the two men, Joseph Hurst, 24, and Charles Harper, 25, claimed to have no identification with them. Officer Ervin walked back to the squad car to run a check on the vehicle’s license plates and call for assistance when gun fire rang out. As Officer Stallworth stood next to the driver’s side window, Hurst opened fire and shot the officer multiple times in the abdomen and chest. He then jumped out of the vehicle and began shooting at Officer Ervin. Officer Ervin was struck in the face and head. Squad cars immediately responded to the scene. Hurst ran from the scene, and sought cover in a nearby building where he attempted to have a shoot out with officers. After emptying his revolver, he surrendered to police. Charles Harper remained at the scene and surrendered to an officer.Officer Stallworth was rushed to Billings Hospital where he died two hours later during surgery. Officer Ervin survived the shooting.

Officer Stallworth was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and four children.

On February 15, 1968, Joseph R. Hurst was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery. Hurst was sentenced to the death penalty. However, in 1974, during a moratorium on death penalty, Hurst was resentenced to 100-300 years in prison.

On Thursday, October, 30, 2014, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation chartered a bus and traveled with 25 uniformed Chicago police officers to the office of the IL Prisoner Review Board in Springfield to protest the release of inmate Hurst. The inmate’s request for parole was denied.

3 Comments

  • It’s been over 40 years and I still miss my Dad. The ripple effect when a officer is slain continues for years. A husband a son, a brother, and a father are gone. His death continues to affect my family. It takes tremendous courage to put on that badge and walk out the door of your own home everyday not knowing if you will return. And sometimes you don’t. I am honored to be his daughter. — Rachael Stallworth-Carlton 12/20/08 ****************

  • DEAR STALLWORTH FAMILY,

    YOUR LOSS AND SADNESS AT THE LOSS OF YOUR FATHER/HUSBAND
    CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN. REST ASSURED THAT WE
    HAVE GLADLY TAKEN UP YOUR CAUSE.I GIVE YOU MY WORD THAT I WILL BE AT EVERY PAROLE HEARING FOR THE GARBAGE THAT TOOK OFFICER
    STALLWORTH. I WILL MAKE IT MY LIFE’S WORK!! GOD BLESS YOU AND TAKE CARE AND IF YOU SHOULD NEED ANYTHING YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT THE 012TH DISTRICT DESK.

  • The en banc hearing for the parole of Joseph Hurst the convicted murderer of P.O. Herman Stallworth was held this morning November 16, 2017 in Springfield, IL. The CPMF chartered a bus and 22 uniformed Chicago Police Officers, 1 representing each district attended the hearing.
    The Illinois Prisoner Review Board unanimously voted to deny parole and gave Hurst a 3 year set which means he is not eligible for parole for 3 years.
    Thanks to everyone who attended the hearing at 26th & California last month and to those who attended the en banc hearing this morning.
    Your attendance certainly shows that we will “never forget” our fallen officers and their families.

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