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Sheriff makes history in Shelby County


The past few weeks have been quite historic for Memphis-area law enforcement. On Sept. 1, the first African-American sheriff in Shelby County started work.

The new sheriff, Floyd Bonner, was elected last month. His victory underscores the progress that Memphis as a city, and our entire nation, has made on issues of race over the past few decades.

Decades ago, Bonner’s father, Floyd Bonner Sr., was one of the first African-American police officers hired in Memphis. However, he wasn’t allowed inside the precinct due to his skin color.

Congratulations to Bonner Jr. for setting a new precedent.

– Sam Bojarski, The 100 Companies

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