Study of Cops Shows ‘Pathological Hostility’


Fifth Estate # 35, August 1-15, 1967

“The ghetto atmosphere was illuminated last week in a study prepared for the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement. In a survey of three cities—Chicago, Washington and Boston—the study found that four out of every five white policemen working in Negro neighborhoods have prejudiced attitudes towards Negroes.

“The report estimated that 45 percent of the white police (and surprisingly, nearly ten percent of the Negro police) showed near pathological hostility: ‘These scum aren’t people….We ought to gas these niggers—they’re ruining the country.'”

Time magazine, July 7, 1967