Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Alvin Brooks

Alvin Brooks: Police officer, Chief of Police, Police Commissioner, community activist, founder of AdHoc Committee Against Crime, civil rights advocate. 

In meetings with Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, he communicated from first-hand experience the correlation of poverty to crime and violence. 

President George H.W. Bush appointed Alvin advisor to the National Drug Advisory Council in 1989, and named him one of America's 1000 Points of Light.

As a police officer in the 1950's, Alvin was asked to participate in a line-up, in plain clothes. He was picked out of the line-up as the perpetrator of a mugging.

Had he not been having lunch with his police lieutenant at the time the crime was committed, he firmly believes he would have been charged.

Photograph © 2017 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

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