George Hardin was one of the first black police officers in Portland, Oregon. He and John Harry Hooper were hired in 1894 after the Independent Colored Men’s Association pressured the department to hire black patrolmen. By 1895, both had been let go as part of a department layoff. Hardin was hired in 1915 as Multnomah County’s first black deputy sheriff.
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