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Historic Atlanta police officer dies at 93

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Johnnie P. Jones, 1 of Atlanta's first black police officers, has died at the age of 93.

Jones died Wednesday of congestive heart failure and representatives from Adams Funeral Services in Savannah said a funeral was held Tuesday morning at the First African Baptist Church.

Jones grew up in Atlanta, attended Morehouse College and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Upon returning from the war, Jones applied to work for the Atlanta Police Department and left the force after three years.

His daughter, Elmira Jones Williams, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/YQmS2F) Jones was not allowed to arrest white people and felt if he could risk his life fighting for the country, he should not have been treated like a second class citizen when he returned home.

 

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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