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Moses And The Promised Land


Moses P. Cobb, Samuel J. Battle's brother-in-law, was a mentor to him. Cobb was assigned to the 12th percent on May 14, 1892. He started out as a doorman until he was made a patrolman. According to The Black Shields by Roger Able, "Black people did not consider Cobb a Black man doing a job; they thought he was a traitor and threw garbage at him."
Moses Cobb mentored Battle and convinced him to take the exam to become a police officer. Moses P. Cobb retired in 1917, making him the first Black police officer to do so in NYC.

Note: Moses P. Cobb was appointed to the Brooklyn PD. This was prior to the formation of the NYPD.

To read more about this and other stories, check out One Righteous Man by Arthur Browne.
To read more about this and other stories, check out The Black Shields by Roger L. Abel.

Moses And The Promised Land

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