Bloomberg Law
June 6, 2020, 12:00 PM

Top Lawyer to Police Union Keeps Trying to Build Bridges

Brian Baxter
Brian Baxter

Larry James, the top lawyer to the Fraternal Order of Police, is always ready for the question.

How does he reconcile being an African American while also serving as general counsel of the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers? The two communities, he said, have more in common than many might think with regard to negative stereotypes stemming from a few bad actors.

Whenever there is news about an awful crime or situation, “we pray the person is white,” said James, recalling a conversation he had with black clergy. “Every time a black person does something, we perceive ...

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