Meet Fred Rice Jr., Chicago’s first appointed African American police superintendent

Thomas Fred Rice Jr.
Fred Rice Jr. is pictured in uniform on August 23, 1983, shortly before being appointed Chicago's police superintendent by Mayor Harold Washington. Associated Press
Fred Rice Jr. is pictured in uniform on August 23, 1983, shortly before being appointed Chicago's police superintendent by Mayor Harold Washington. Associated Press
Thomas Fred Rice Jr.
Fred Rice Jr. is pictured in uniform on August 23, 1983, shortly before being appointed Chicago's police superintendent by Mayor Harold Washington. Associated Press

Meet Fred Rice Jr., Chicago’s first appointed African American police superintendent

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Fred Rice Jr. was appointed as Chicago’s first permanent African-American police superintendent in 1983. As top cop, Rice worked to integrate Chicago’s police department and was instrumental in the hiring and promotion of a number of Black and female officers. TikTok historian Shermann “Dilla’” Thomas joins WBEZ’s Lisa Labuz to talk about Fred Rice Jr. and his history-making tenure as head of the Chicago police.