Clayton Moore was the first African American hired onto the Fostoria, Ohio police force in 1986. In 2008, the City of Fostoria claimed sixteen conduct violations against Moore and fired him. He challenged the decision, and the arbiter of the case—in a scathing rebuke against the City—reinstated Sgt. Moore who went on to serve for another ten years, retiring in 2018. Moore remains actively involved in his community and is the author of the forthcoming book Good Cop, Black Cop: Guilty until Proven Innocent.
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Born in Chicago, Ill, Clayton’s parents moved to Fostoria, Ohio just prior to him starting school. A Fostoria native for the majority of his life, and Fostoria High School graduate. He would later become the city’s first African American police officer.
A 1985 graduate from the University of Toledo, Clayton was also a member of the University’s football team, winning two M.A.C. titles as well as California Bowl games.
While working part time jobs months after graduation, Clayton’s mother approached him one day about taking the city’s police exam. His response to his mother was, ” I ain’t trying to be no cop.” Thirty two and a half years later he would dress up in the blue uniform, wearing a badge and carrying a gun.
Although things started off smooth, he would slowly but steadily experience situation after situation. Ultimately taking a toll on him, not only did his marriage come to an end….but so did his career in law enforcement. The not so “Sweet Sixteen” charges against Moore led to the city of Fostoria firing it’s first and only black police officer. But this story doesn’t end there… it just gets started…
“I have witnessed and experienced many things as a citizen of the world, but I have never understood the depth and range of human vision surrounded by sheer pain until reading Good Cop, Black Cop. Simply brilliant and relevant to this moment in history! A must-read.”
“Clayton Moore provides a highly engaging and personal account of his experiences as the first African-American police officer in a small town with big city problems. His own fight for justice reveals a great deal about race relations in the United States, making it an essential book in these turbulent times.”
“Clayton Moore’s Good Cop, Black Cop is a real-life story riddled with lies, conspiracy, bigotry, implicit biases, a fall from grace, evidence, case files, suggestions, solutions, strength, perseverance, faith, and fortitude. It’s all in there! No matter your race, background, or preference, at the end you’re left staring at the person in the mirror asking yourself some very important life questions.”
“Clayton Moore’s reality is powerful, eye opening and disappointing at the same time as he takes readers through his life of a small town Sports Hero to a black man looked down upon over lies told about him. Good Cop he definitely was, but being a Black Cop put him in a trap that almost ruined his life. Everyone needs to read this TRUTH!”
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