Former Baltimore police commissioner memorialized

Former Baltimore police commissioner memorialized

When Bishop Lee Robinson Jr. was 3 years old, he'd sit on the front steps at night and wait for his father, a police officer, to return home.

At that time in the mid-1950s, African-American officers in Baltimore weren't assigned squad cars. Instead, Robinson's father — who would become the city's first African-American police commissioner rode the bus to and from his beat.

"In those days, police officers carried nightsticks, and I'd watch him come around the corner, swinging that nightstick," Robinson, now an Ellicott City attorney, recounted Saturday before the funeral service for his father. "It was a sight to behold. He'd...