Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives May 29 1970, Page 18

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1970, Florence, South Carolina2-b Friday May 29, 1970 null8 set Black policemen facing pressure from both sides editor s note More and More Blacks have joined the nation s police forces. More and More have risen to High position. But while things Are better than Ever before the Black cop s posit Tion is a difficult one with heavy pressures bearing on him from both White and Black communities. Here is a report on How he feels about his now we re saying we re Black men first and cops 4 Fred Williams a 6-foot, 280-Pound patrolman a been with the Detroit police department for 16 years. The Black ghetto s salvation is for aware Black men to get into Law enforcement people Are not opposed to Law but Are opposed to the Way it is being Williams said. I find the work challenging and said Levy Mcquietor 2c, of the Dallas police Force. You get persons who Are drunk who curse you. But they Are cursing this Blue what it represents. I never Felt they were cursing me some Black policemen find a racial Gap Between Black and White cops plus what they regard As discrimination in promotion. Said one after three years on the police Force of a Southern is no communication Between White officers and Black officers. You come to no question about said a Black policeman in a Small California City in Are some policemen who just Don t like he said. I mean the idea is being a policeman period. But the word you re segregating yourself with certain the upper West Side is the beat of a disgruntled new York City patrolman who asked not be identified by name. He is 35, a nine year Veteran tall Well proportioned with a Mustache and Long but impeccably trimmed hair. The Job of the police department is to maintain the Statts he declared. The police Force is the Arm of the room in the morning some speak Don t even speak they have this Oral exam that they use to eliminate whoever they want to. One Guy made 100 in the written exam but did t pass the Oral discrimination. There s Little jokes like hey you Gonna tear off your Patch and join the panthers if they riot Plain clothes Man Cornelius Johnson 40, of Chicago does t like being called l Friday and by Arthur associated press writer his uniform is the same Shade of Blue the Metal of his badge the same Quality. But when a policeman s skin is Black his problems tend to multiply. Often he is the Man because of color or his the department reflects the the same social conditions that Are presently says majority of Black officers take most in the Middle either because of his color or his badge. The department reflects the same social conditions that Are presently says capt. W. Lawson one of 21 negro officers on Seattle s police Force. He is a 20-year Veteran. When Black officers join the he continued they know they will be singled out by Black militants. The vast majority of Black officers take it in stride. The militants Are doing their tiling and i m doing my thing and we both understand each Bob Ingrani 33, a sergeant was named last january As Miami s policeman of the his godfather was the City s first negro officer and was shot to death while on duty. A bearded father of two Ingram responded to an associated press sampling of the status of the Black policeman i have it easier than he did but it s still no sunday school in White neighbourhoods they Call Nigger at me. Around the ghetto it s worse unprintable stuff. Anyone who yells these things needs help baby not a punch in the Mouth. I m the first to admit that Black persons Gripe about treatment from Black officers at least As much As they com Plain about White policemen the Black Man out there in uie ghetto has a poor image of police. It stems from the old Days when officers would slap anybody on his Tail that got cute with them. They were hired for brawn hot brains. They sometimes had Muscles Between their ears some negro cops tend to hold their uniform or badge rather than the color of their skin responsible for attitudes they encounter among fellow Blacks. An Atlanta vice squad Detec Tive it. J. H. Amos who began As a patrolman in 1957, said of racial disturbances these people Don t give a Damn what color you Are. If you re a policeman they re going to Rock Milwaukee has policemen 53 of them negro. One of the latter who asked that his name not be used is a plainclothes an. Speaking of the slums he said the uniform is Tabil no matter what color you Are. Any animosity is aimed at Whitey and Whitey s uniform for what it represents. But i stay clean. The Brothers know i m a policeman but they respect me because of the Way i look and the Way i act towards them. They know i m also fair. There s a portion of the kids though that no matter what you look like As Long As you re the Man you Ain t woth a Damn. I d Day about 75 per cent of the Blacks Are pro police and about 25 per cent Are against. With the 25 per cent there has been some reason for them to adopt this years ago it was the grownups who hated you but now it s the kids the Little kids. 5 and 10 years said Arthur Jackson 48, a Chicago policeman. You be got to be flexible like a whip of a tree. You vent to Bend. So. They Call you a name so what lures Blacks into uniforms then and what keeps them there James Robenson. 28, is one of five Black officers among men on the Pasadena calif., Force. A lean and amiable Man who wears an Airo haircut and often appears in the station House in a Loose fitting african shirt known As a Yashiki he is interested in improving the image of the negro cop among members of his race. As he put it you can help your fellow Black More than you Ever could As a Street Corner militant. Before we be always been just Good mercenaries Nigger defending uie while Power i a . A. With Stem in the. 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