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BPD Appoints Highest-Ranking Black Officer In Its History04:44

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has made a flurry of appointments this week, and one of them broke a race barrier of sorts: he and his new police commissioner, William Evans, named an African-American Boston police superintendent to the number two post in the force. That makes William Gross the highest-ranking black officer ever in the city's police department.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer discusses the historic appointment.


Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter. She tweets at @asmamk.

This segment aired on January 9, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.


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