This paper looks at the way in which black police officers have been slowly working their way to becoming highly respected and equal members of the police force, the past several decades.
The following paper traces the history of discrimination against African-American police officers from the system, their peers and society. The author traces this discrimination according to several aspects: the hurdles after the war, black police groups, police brutality, gains in law enforcement and measures to fight discrimination. From the paper:
“W. Marvin Delaney portrays the black experience in American police departments from the post-Civil War period until today in his book, Black Police in America. The book follows black police officers from a time when they were treated as inferior officers to the present, where many of the nations? top law enforcers are colored”.