tv National Law Enforcement Museum CSPAN July 8, 2017 5:30am-5:55am EDT
the national law enforcement museum is currently under construction and set to open in 2017 in washington, d.c. until then the museum artifact -- we visited with looney the director and -- the story of law enforcement history. >> we are at the collection storage facility for the national law enforcement museum. we've handed out $17 in ones that we're going to use the story of american law enforcement and the new museum. this extremity is common control and he is going to make sure all the objects will stay safe until the opening day and we can put
them on display. >> the national law enforcement newsroom is going to be opening up in judicial area in washington, d.c. which is east treat the national law enforcement office memorial. the museum is ascribe law enforcement memorial. about 25 years ago the memorial began and people see there were a lot of stories they wanted to tell. they want to tell about the lives of these officers. and not just the officers who died in the line of duty but all the officers. so, the idea for national law enforcement museum began in around 2000, a congressional law enforcement museum. our goal is to tell the lives of officers and the stories that cover a large part of the country of united states.
it's mostly under ground, it has beautiful glass pavilions. wented to make sure that we didn't interfere with the nature of that square. beautiful delicate glass pavilion and go down into the museum. the museum is really trying to gather the experience of being a law enforcement officer. so, we go through lots of tunnels in some way. we get to take on the role of the 911 operator dispatcher and find out what's really happening behind the scenes when you pic up that phone and call 911. you can be a detective and go through cays and that's -- cases and that's where witness and all the different aspect of what that entails. we have an area calls the
assessment simulator. taking that branch of video system, sophisticated way that a law enforcement officer's trained and -- officer, retired officer/trainer who can show the general public what it's like beyond the street and what's -- and get some of that true experience of what it's like to make a split-second decision as a law enforcement officer. we have an area called -- which is the two-story building. looks -- but special weapons and tax -- to undergo. my favorite exhibit is called the history beat. and we do have this wonderful collection of objects and we want to use those to tell the public about why is this story relevant for that and why for instance, one of the objects we
have is --. j. edgar hoover was the director of the fbi in washington, d.c. for longer than anyone can really imagine, from the '20s up to the '70s. he had an enormous impact on law enforcement, federal law enforcement and building up the federal law enforcement in this country. and -- and so we want to talk about that, who he was, what he -- how he trands formed the fbi and get a sense of -- and came to realize -- dead now for many years, how does he still have an impact on the way we live our lives today. for one is the main features which we show off which is called history time capsules. and we cover that wide range of law enforcement history. going from the first officer
from colonial times. the first -- from the 1700st. to the law of west talking about what's going on on the western front here. we talk about the law enforcement, the u.s. marshall and all the federal law enforcement agencies how they changed the times and how they came into existence. major event like 9/11, that had a huge impact -- september 11 had a huge impact on law enforcement. homeland security, they system of the fbi mission towards being focused on terrorism. it was a major impact. one of those crimes we want to talk about. we have a lot of objects that are very compelling that remind you of those days and also talk about how things transformed in the law enforcement area.
so the national law enforcement museum came to -- from j. edgar hoover foundation he donated to us. he -- fbi and hoover has --. the hoover foundation -- to us. the unique thing about it is in some of these rear and art facts that are related to his career. also his person life. he photographed his vacation, you know -- in that home based on his home. for someone to think that we have our indicative is that we have over here one of his journals from the debut team
when he was in high school. so something in his personal handwriting which is always nieto see. as the director one of his -- was the image. he game a celebrity swell a law enforcement guy. people and agencies all over the world, so you'll see on kinds of crazy gifts, i guess as they're including -- this is one of our most show-stopping pieces. this is a gold plated tire on the street from thailand. then there's an ivory tusk that he got for his 70th birthday. we also have a few things throughout his career. so here you have a telephone that he received as the fbi for
his 35th year -- the fbi list. when he got it, it sat on his desk through his year. and then, we also have a bug that he received for his 20th anniversary with the department of justice. now hoover actually began working with the deputy of justice in 1917. and then finally, this picture i just got out of communication is personalized, this is a picture of his two dogs tucker and boy. we have some of the things on the collection with likenesses of his dogs,en concluding book ends that are carved to look like tucker and g boy. but he loved his two dogs.
so, anything j. edgar hoover has held. here we have a coat that was warn by police chef william dudley. he was a knno torresly corrupt please chief. he was one of the -- ever known. so he would accept grass in order to get his way anding interestingly after teddy roosevelt cape in he was the guy that i guess you could say wen in the other direction. we also have his vest. an also ka point was under --
but he was the biggest police gangster in chicago and elliot, he was untouchable. and big and small ways going after al ka point in chicago. the national law enforcement museum is currently home to the entire corruption evidence from the d.c. area. who terrorize the d.c. and indigenous area in 2002. it's the great thing about the national law enforcement museum to have its possession. it allows us to look at this case and look at it from the perspective of law enforcement and how evidence is collected in order to touch to criminals. this was all -- from the chris
williams department who was heavenly involved in the case and hiding the evidence until they gave it to us. this case was also unique in that it was a very multijurisdictional case so you had both montgomery county, williams county -- basically every where around the d.c./maryland area, working to catch these criminals and working to. you'll see behind me is the car that was used, john -- was in the trunk and they -- and that's how they would drive around basically looking for people to kill. t real it's really terrifying to think.
here you can see the -- with the car's -- poke the nose of the feather rifle through there. what's interesting about the collection and why it may look -- some of the thing that may look different from what people think or remember is everything is in process of evidence now. even the process on the instruction was sort of that process. and another piece of evidence we have that many people may remember is the infamous tarot card. this is the first time that the criminals sort of tried to make contact with law enforcement was through this tarot card. and for those of you who remember seeing it on the news it may look a little different,
again it was processed as evidence for fingertips and different things. so, this evidence collection really gives us insight into all the ways it was needed to try and catch these guys. have just rows and rows of hour and video footage. you never knew how they were going to catch them. there's footage from stores to -- i don't know you name it. and somebody had to sit and go through all that footage. the same is true for tips from the public. case was very public, and the shooters are so random and everybody was on alert. there were press coveranference where the public was trying to do their part to help out.
and at the same time, 1% had to do their job and keep up with -- and try to find which ones were good and which ones weren't. having all of that evidence really shows the am of work that was needed opponen the part of enforcement to try and catch the bad guys. and then the rifle that we also have as part of the collection is currently on exhibit at the museum. the rifles was part of their exhibit on the modern day fbi. so if you are interested in seeing that you can check that out in the museum right now. the collection of the law enforcement museum is very diverse in the museum where it showed the -- of law enforcement from before america was a country. from colonial time up until the present day. so that's everything from the tools of the trade that law enforcement officers used when they did their work, to that
credentials, uniforms you name it. i wanted to show what other different law enforcement officers used and what their jobs were like. one thing we have a question of is police quarters. you walk into any police station, and this is true today still, you walk into the station and there will be a -- around the desk and it creates the comings and going of everything that happen around the station. this was from buffalo new york in 1925. notice the beautiful handwriting. and then, one example of early law enforcement tools is actually what you see here. these are early counter fitting
detection devices. i think these are both actually the -- so president lincoln -- before he was assassinated -- the secret -- and wen this was established, the task was count count counter fitting. offer the civil war it was a huge problem. -- devices on hand in order to detect counter fit currency. they'd put the real coin, a real am on one side and then the money that you were given, you're put on the other side to make sure the weight looked correct. couple of highlights of the museum here. you have -- that belonged to pat garett. he was the sheriff in new mexico and he was the officer who
actual shot and killed a kid. this gun belonged to him. this is a u.s. marshall's gaj. here we have items that belonged to sheriff emmerson. and emmerson was the first african-american sheriff elected. his election was -- the passage of the voting rights act which made it possible for african-american to be able to vote. and so, but not as president itself. this was one example of how that changed thing. he was the electricing sheriff in 1966 and he served in the elections four times after that and finally retired in 1980. these are sun glasses, one of
his badges, lincoln county. and then his name plate. and that's one of the neat things about sheriffs is their position of -- every now and then you'll find a sheriff who's appointed, particularly sheriffs are elected by the people. and then another collection highlight, we have elliot, i don't know if -- so elliot was the head of this group that lair became known as the untouchable during prohibition era. we have his credentials. he was originally under the treasury department and so these are his credentials from 1927, the treasury department.
and then, eventually the prohibition moved to the deputy of justice. so these were his credentials in 1932. you can see that right there. and then another object that we have, this was a revolver, a gun and holster that belonged to daniel roger. he's a well-known texas ranger and you can see it says on the -- very own. this is with a colt 1849 pocket
revolver. and texas ranger style there too. i think most of the american public didn't realize how important law enforcement is in their lives. and the law enforcement is something that you don't think about until you have an emergency or, you know if you're one of those people who think about getting law enforcement only --. >> law enforcement is something that is always present. it's always good, provided for a safe place. and it's looking back so you're not aware of it. it's an important part of who we are as a democracy. i think it's important for people to realize the importance of law enforcement and how that access protects them. and it's part in our society. a law enforcement officer has a wonderful story to tell.
these are people who really devote their lives to very difficult jobs and it's one thing i think everyone would be interested in and grow to understand. i think when you look at the history of law enforcement you see it as the history of increasing professionalist. that's one thing we want to emphasize. law enforcement is there truly to serve and protect. sometimes officers fail, sometimes it's the criminal justice we -- in order to better preserve the constitutional rights to freedom and we want to talk about what that means, what law enforcement means. and as we develop that understanding of law enforcement, i think that as a nation we'll have a much more deeper -- appreciation of what law enforcement does and what