One of Houston’s First Black Police Officers, Edward Thomas, Dies at 95

Edward Thomas in 1976. Credit 100 Club-Houston, Texas
Edward Thomas in 1976. Credit 100 Club-Houston, Texas

Edward Thomas, one of the first African-Americans on the police force in Houston, died on Monday, two weeks after Police Headquarters was named in his honor. He was 95.

The Houston Police Department announced his death.

Mr. Thomas attended ceremonies on July 27 when his name was placed on the Police Headquarters building in downtown Houston.

He graduated in 1948 from the city’s first police cadet class and joined the police force at a time when racial discrimination was systemic there. The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr. Thomas originally worked a foot patrol in a mostly black neighborhood because he was not allowed to drive a squad car, and that he had to ask for a supervisor’s permission before arresting a white person.

Mr. Thomas worked for the department for 63 years, earning numerous awards and commendations. The department said in a statement that when he retired in 2011, “he was the most revered and respected officer within the Houston Police Department.”

Source: The AP

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