LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners voted to reinstate one of LAPD's first Black officers in the community's push to "fix a 120-year-old injustice."
On Tuesday, the Police Commission voted to reinstate Robert Williams Stewart, who was fired unjustly by the department. Stewart was a pioneer to the city of Los Angeles as he was the first African-American officer sworn into the department in 1886, according to LAPD.
According to a post from MyNewLA.com, Stewart was fired in 1900 after allegations of assaulting a teenage girl. Stewart was acquitted from the allegations, MyNewsLA said.
LAPD said in a tweet that Stewart's reinstatement is "one of many steps" to true reconciliation and progress.