Los Angeles officer who joined '60s protests dies

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Posted: Oct 29, 2014 2:08 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Hannon, who as a Los Angeles police officer was suspended for off-duty participation in 1960s civil rights and peace protests, has died.

Hannon's wife, Gwen Brown Hannon, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1E1SasS ) he died Oct. 2 in Los Angeles of complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 77.

Michael Hannon, who was white, was convicted by a police board in 1965 of nine counts of conduct unbecoming an officer — including directing demonstrators to break through police lines to block a street. Michael Hannon denied inciting demonstrators to break the law. He was suspended for six months.

Hannon later became a lawyer, focusing on civil rights and civil liberties cases, including defending police officers.

Besides his wife, survivors include a brother and four children from his first marriage.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com