Black L.A. 1947: Sentinel Offers $100 for Proof That LAPD has Black Motorcycle Officer

L.A. Sentinel, 1947

Nov. 6, 1947: LAPD motorcycle officers received a pay differential, so these were desirable jobs. The photograph is fairly dim, but this looks like a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson Servi-Car.

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One Response to Black L.A. 1947: Sentinel Offers $100 for Proof That LAPD has Black Motorcycle Officer

  1. Big John Wintergreen says:

    Motor officers still receive a positive pay differential and commute to and from duty on their LAPD motorcycle resulting in significant transportation savings for the officer. These days any patrol officer regardless of sex, race, etc can apply for and attempt to pass Motor School. The 300+ LAPD motor officers now are as diverse as the rest of the force though none look as good on a motorcycle as Mary Mallory. Pictured is a 1947 Harley Davidson O.H.V. “knucklehead” police solo.

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