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Richard Robertson at his Huntington home where he
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Richard Robertson at his Huntington home where he was raised March 27, 2014. Robertson was the first black policeman on the Huntington Police force.(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

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Long Island police pioneers made history

When Richard Robertson, Alex Richardson and Julius Pearse became police officers, the civil rights movement was in its infancy and black cops were rare on Long Island. The men, in their 80s and 90s and retired, are among a dwindling number of pioneers - mostly vets - who integrated local police forces from the 1940s to 1960s.