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U.S. Marshal Robert Moore On Combating Racism In Law Enforcement

Robert Moore

Robert Moore has spent over 40 years in law enforcement. The Mississippi native and veteran moved to Illinois where he began his career as a State Trooper in Rockford. He went to be appointed as a U.S. Marshal. There are fewer than 100 who serve at a time, and each one is appointed by the president.

Moore is rightfully prideful of his distinguished career, he has spent much of his time in retirement sharing the stories of black U.S. Marshals, a history he says was previously untold. He wrote the book called The Presidents Men: Black United States Marshals in AmericaMoore is now working as a police consultant, currently advising the city of Springfield on how to better recruit and retain minorities, and how to better community relationship programming. He says it's crucial that tough conversations on race are had, and that they result in policy. He shared his insights with us from his office at City Hall:

Moore goes on to talk about what he wants his legacy to be, and other work, including his display at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.

Listen to part one of an interview with Robert Moore

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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