Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930-1990

Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930-1990

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Examines the racial history of the Houston Police Department, drawing on police records and contemporary accounts to look at how Houston, and other police departments, responded to social, political, and institutional change from 1930 to 1990.It sought to remove police officers and fire fighters from the impact of political patronage and it succeeded, at least on the surface. Black officers within the HPD , because of their marginalized status, however, viewed the new civil service laws with skepticism, ... 35 According to Brown, the law failed to guarantee blacks a fair chance at departmental exams. ... that aquot;whites knew how to get away with things, a€ suggesting that civil service was supportive of traditional attitudes and practices.

Title:Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930-1990
Author: Dwight Watson
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2005

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