Trailblazing Texas officer dies at 64


By Lomi Kriel
The San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — When James Robinson joined the San Antonio Police Department in 1964, it was less than a decade after policies favoring white officers were abolished.

Yet Robinson managed to rise through the department, becoming the first black officer to hold a rank higher than sergeant and eventually serving as the police chief's second-in-command, before later retiring as a captain.

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