Sunday, February 25, 2007

African American Officers: A Long History of Service and Sacrifice

In honor of Black History Month, NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd remembers African-American officers killed in the line of duty throughout history.

Pictured is Jacob J. Chestnut, an 18-year police veteran, who along with U.S. Capitol Police Detective John Gibson was slain at the U.S. Capitol, in July 1998, by crazed gunman named Russell Weston Jr..

Officer Chestnut represents one of 13 African Americans killed in federal law enforcement service and is among the nearly 600 who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout our nation's history.

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