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Baltimore's 1st black police commissioner dies

Monday - 1/6/2014, 8:38pm  ET

This photo released by the Baltimore Police Department shows Bishop L. Robinson. Robinson, the first black police commissioner in Baltimore, has died. The department announced the 86-year-old Robinson's death on Monday Jan. 6, 2014. He was appointed commissioner in 1984 and served in that post for three years. (AP Photo/Baltimore Police Department)

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Bishop L. Robinson, the first black police commissioner in Baltimore, has died.

The department announced the 86-year-old Robinson's death on Monday.

Police say Robinson joined the department in 1952, when black officers were not allowed to patrol white neighborhoods or use patrol cars.

He was appointed commissioner in 1984 and served in that post for three years.

Robinson also served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice.

The police department's headquarters building is named for Robinson.


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