Bartholomew Gallows became the vigilante "Americop" after resigning from the Houston Police when he became disillusioned with the judicial system and felt the process was too ineffective. He listened to security scanners around Houston, and then tracked down criminals and wrongdoers.[1]

He had an encounter with Captain America, who was appalled and condemned Americop's brutalities, and tried to stop him while they both were trying to capture munitions magnate Damon Dran.[2] The two were knocked out by a gas grenade and imprisoned but later escaped. Americop killed a lot of Dran's men, and thought that Dran died in a helicopter explosion.[3]

After the Civil War, Americop was listed as a potential recruit for the Initiative by S.H.I.E.L.D..[4] However, he became a target on the Thunderbolts' "Most Wanted" files. Norman Osborn sent Bullseye and Penance to catch Americop, hoping that the vigilante would killed them both or at least toughen Penance up. During the hunt Penance let out a powerful energy blast (caused by Bullseye) that injured Gallows, who was taken bleeding to Thunderbolts Mountain and was later determined to be paralyzed.[5]

Gallows eventually died (possibly as a result of the wounds incurred during his fight with the Thunderbolts) and his costume and code name were appropriated by Keane Industries for their private policing initiative "the Americops".[6]

Power Grid [8]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Heightened strength when wearing costume


Energy storage and transmitter device


Excellent unarmed combatant, near superhuman strength, relentless determination

Strength level

Near superhuman strength, actual superhuman strength when augmented by his costume.


Aversion to bodily harm.


Kevlar Facemask, Kevlar Vest with Groin Attachment, Armored Police Cap


Police Truck


Tactical Knife, Nightstick, Twin .45 Pistols, and a Net Gun

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