For the first time in its 130-year history, Wyoming has a Black sheriff. Aaron A…
For the first time in its 130-year history, Wyoming has a Black sheriff. Aaron Appelhans has taken charge of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. “You don’t see a whole lot of African Americans in law enforcement,” Appelhans told CNN. “So, I’m trying to overcome that roadblock of taking a non-traditional career path and affect change within my community.”
One reason it took so long to appoint a Black sheriff, according to the president of the Wyoming NAACP, Stephen Latham, is the state’s small Black population. Blacks make up 1.3% of the state’s population, while Whites make up 92.5%, according to the US Census Bureau.
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