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Michael Hannon dies at 77; LAPD officer joined '60s rights protests
Michael Hannon dies at 77; LAPD officer joined '60s rights protests

Michael B. Hannon, who caused an uproar and nearly lost his job as a Los Angeles police officer for his off-duty participation in 1960s civil rights and peace protests, has died. He was 77. Hannon, who later defended police officers as a lawyer, died Oct. 2 in Los Angeles of complications of Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Gwen Brown Hannon. In 1965, Hannon, who was white, was a seven-year veteran of the force when a Los Angeles Police Department board charged him with 10 counts of conduct unbecoming an officer. After a three-week trial, he was found guilty on nine counts, including directing demonstrators to break through police lines to block the street and failing to notify...

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