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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

VINTAGE LAPD: POLICEWOMAN OF THE YEAR 1952


Policewoman Florence Corberly joined the LAPD in 1948. In 1952, she was selected to work as a decoy to catch a dangerous rape suspect identified as Joe Parra. When Coberly encountered Para, a physical confrontation ensued.Detectives moved in and Parra was shot and killed…
 
A County Coroner's inquest followed and cleared all detectives. Coberly was the star witness at the inquest and was later named Policewoman of the Year…
 
In 1958, Coberly and her mother, Gertrude, entered a market in the San Fernando Valley. When Gertrude began putting items in her purse, LAPD officer George Sellinger, working off-duty as a store detective, arrested the two women for theft. Coberly was subsequently cleared in court. However, in an Internal Affairs hearing, she was found guilty for being present when a crime was committed...
 
As a result, Coberly was fired by Chief William H Parker in 1958. In 1959, Coberly filed an appeal to get her job and badge back, but the ruling stood...

Thx to Chris James...

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