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Law & Disorder | One Last Trip: The Assassination of Detective Joseph Petrosino


Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino was the first Italian-born officer in the NYPD and boasted a successful 25-year career busting organized crime with his Italian Squad. But his career – and his life – was cut short when he was sent on a fateful secret mission to Sicily and was assassinated on his way to meet an informant. On today’s episode of Law and Disorder, we are diving into the assassination of Lieutenant Detective Joseph Petrosino, who remains the only NYPD officer ever killed in the line of duty overseas.

Be sure to check out the previous Icons episode to learn more about Joseph Petrosino’s life and career.