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One of the most impactful narratives that Samuel J. Battle provided us was the time he found a note on his pillow at the station. Battle, who was new to his role, received death threats during his six-month probationary period. Threats, that he hid from his wife, Florence. One threat he recalls was a note pinned to his bed at the station with a hole to resemble a bullet. The block-lettered note said: "N****r if you don't quit, this is what will happen to you."

This story was told to the famed poet Langston Hughes who couldn't believe this happen at the station house.

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.

The Note

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In collaboration with the Black Police Experience (BPX) and the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc (NABLEO), we want to commemorate the heroics of Samuel J. Battle by asking black law enforcement to share their stories.  If you find a story on the Battle Continues.. timeline that you can relate to, please share.  


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Our timeline of untold stories is a collection of black law enforcement stories that will serve to illustrate their lived experiences and the need to transform police policies, practices, and consciousness. The Battle begins with Samuel J. Battle but continues as we commemorate the 110th year of blacks in law enforcement in NYC. Submit your story and help to create a pathway to justice.


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