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First black KC police officer killed in line of duty in 1924 honored with bench

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Trail of Heroes is a path located just west of the Shoal Creek Patrol Division in Kansas City, Mo. A quarter mile down the path there is a bench honoring officer Barney Jasper, who was killed in the line of duty in 1924.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte and about 20 officers attended the dedication ceremony on Wednesday. Some officers raised $500 to purchase the bench.

Jasper was killed while on patrol near 5th and Forest Avenue. He was the first black police officer killed while serving Kansas City. It's believed he was mistaken for another officer whose life had been threatened by bootleggers in the area.

Chief Forte said Jasper is one of 119 officers killed in the line of duty.