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Charles Becker a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department was the first being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan gambler, Herman Rosenthal became the first American police officer to receive the death penalty for murder

1911 --- Original caption: New York: New York Police lieutenant Charles Becker (shown in 1911), was the king of graft in Manhattan, ruthlessly ordering death for anyone, such as gambler Herman Rosenthal, who displeased him. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Charles Becker (July 26, 1870 – July 30, 1915) was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department between the 1890s and 1910s. He is best known for being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan gambler, Herman Rosenthal. After the Becker-Rosenthal trial, Charles Becker became the first American police officer…