Celebrating Black History Month

Chief Melvin Russell – Baltimore Police

Retired Chief Melvin Russell of the Baltimore Police Department discusses changes in police / community relations during his career.

“I Hate The Police” Excerpt from Walking While Black


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GEORGIA ROBINSON – America’s First Black Female Police Officer

Originally appointed as a volunteer police officer by LAPD, Robinson became a full-time officer in 1919 at age 40.  Her career ended nine years later when she attempted to break up a fight between two inmates in the jail.  An inmate smashed her head into the jail bars – which caused her to lose her eyesight.

WALTER MOSES BURTON – America’s First Black Sheriff – Fort Bend County, TX

In 1869 the residents of Fort Bend County, Texas voted Republican Walter Burton to the Office of Sheriff – four years after he was granted his freedom from slavery.  Sheriff Burton only served one term because he was elected to the Texas State Senate where he served four terms.