Taylor, Barbara: Diversity of the police force


Barbara Taylor


Barbara Taylor: Well, you know, for the most part when George Moscone became mayor, the police department was truly in, you know, in the old sense the world, a ‘good old boy’ network. It was made up of Irish cops, Italian cops, not very many black cops, not very many women police officers; it was it was not diverse. And the black officers for justice filed a federal lawsuit that went on for a number of years and ultimately there was a decision that there had to be very active measures taken to integrate the police department. And that came along during George Moscone’s watch and resulted in new testing procedures, different promotion procedures, the city being put under this federal consent decree with an overseer who had to, you know, make sure that this was being done. And it caused a lot of dissension and you know even in the world, the cultural world and the diversity of San Francisco, and the power structure of San Francisco was very, very different then than it is now.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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