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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

VINTAGE LAPD: FIRST BLACK POLICE WOMAN

In 1916, Georgia Ann Robinson was the first Black female policewoman hired by the LAPD. At the turn of the century, this was a difficult assimilation for both other officers and arrestees. Robinson worked as a jail matron in women's detention. She also assisted detectives providing information in a number of investigations, and assisted in the questioning of female witnesses, suspects, and children.
 
In 1928, while Robinson was working the jail, she attempted to break up a fight between two female drunks. A heavy blow to the head sustained in the fracas left Robinson permanently blinded. She was given a medical retirement.
 
After leaving the LAPD, Robinson became a community activist. In 1954, she was responsible for the desegregation of Los Angeles County Beaches and Schools.

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