The San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association asks you to join the effort to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary. On November 4, 1978, San Diego Police Officer Archie Calvin Buggs was working as a patrol officer in the Skyline District of San Diego. He was a four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and served honorably in Vietnam. Officer Buggs was shot and killed that fateful evening after he made a traffic stop on two gang members for speeding. As he walked to the rear of the car, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot Officer Buggs six times.
A fellow officer located Patrolman Buggs lying in the street with his ticket book nearby. San Diego Police apprehended both suspects three hours later. The two suspects were convicted of Patrolman Buggs’ murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The gunman was denied parole in 2010 and again in 2014.
Thirty-seven years after his death, Officer Archie Buggs is still without a memorial named in his honor for making the ultimate sacrifice for his community. We ask you to join this collective effort to rename the elementary school presently known as Robert E. Lee, to Archie Buggs Elementary School giving this school the prestigious honor memorializing a local hero of Southeastern San Diego by naming the school in the area he patrolled in his honor.
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