Archive ’09: Cornrows, Unprofessional for White Police

According to the Associated Press, a white Philadelphia police officer came to work wearing cornrows and was deemed unprofessional. “Officer Thomas Strain was put on desk duty earlier this month because of his hairstyle,” and “was ordered by a superior to get a haircut, even though black colleagues wear the same type of braids.” The department requires “officers to have ‘clean, properly trimmed and combed hair’ that allows them to wear their uniform hat ‘in a military manner.’ Strain refused to comment.


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