Metropolitan Police Badge Plaque Reuben Nichols 1st Black Homicide Prohibition
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Metropolitan Police Badge Plaque Reuben Nichols 1st Black Homicide Prohibition:
An important piece of Police/American History. Reuben Nichols by his own account was the first Black Detective on the Homicide Squad of the Metropolitan Police Department. He was transferred back to the Robbery Squad in 1941 where he served until his retirement in 1951. He served as a "beat cop" during Prohibition and the 1930's. He earned numerous commendations/awards during his 21 years of service. In 1952 he was called before a televised Congressional Hearing investigating Crime and Law enforcement in the District. His testimony implicated that some people in the police department were being paid off by Roger "Whitetop" Simkins. The notorious Simkins was head of the biggest numbers game racket in D.C. at the time. Interestingly enough, Simkins is often credited with the inability of the Mafia being able to take hold in D.C. Much of Nichols ("Nick) testimony centered around his interactions with Simkins and the 1948 Shooting at the Brass Rail. Simkins also testified at this Hearing but most of his answers were "I refuse to answer....." The transcript is very interesting reading and can be found by googling 'Reuben Nichols Metropolitan Police'. All offers will be carefully considered.