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New York’s Cop Coup

In 1993, New York had its first black mayor — and Rudy Giuliani stirred up a police riot at City Hall.

Illustration by Pete Gamlen.

“The reason the morale of the police department of the city of New York is so low,” Rudolph Giuliani thundered outside City Hall, “is one reason, and one reason alone: David Dinkins!” In the early 1990s, Dinkins, New York City’s first black mayor, was short on allies and long on problems. The local economy was […]

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