AMERICAN NOTES: Mourning the Police

As long blue lines of uniformed police paid solemn tribute to four fallen comrades last week, a chill swept through the nation's largest and sixth largest municipal law-enforcement agencies. On successive days, nearly 5,000 policemen from a dozen states gathered in New York for the funerals of Black Patrolman Waverly M. Jones and his white partner, Joseph A. Piagentini. The two were riddled in the back with .45-cal. bullets while answering a routine call in East Harlem. In the nation's capital, hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes D.C. policemen attended services honoring...

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