Nation: The Anguish of Blacks in Blue

UNTIL the spring of 1968, Renault Robinson was considered a model policeman. After four years on the Chicago force, he had a 97% efficiency rating and had won more than 50 citations for outstanding work. Then Robinson and seven other black policemen formed the Afro-American Patrolmen's League, an organization aimed at improving police service to the black community and at getting more blacks into policymaking positions in the department. Robinson has been suspended five times since; anonymous telephone callers have repeatedly threatened his life and those of his wife and three children. He...

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