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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Mandela honored, mourned across L.I.
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Robby Schwach, a retired NYPD lieutenant who as a rookie cop in June 1990 worked security for Mandela’s ticker-tape parade in New York, recalled trying to convince some colleagues on the police force why Mandela deserved this reception. (Full disclosure: Robby is the son of Herald editor Howard Schwach.)

“Although I wasn’t in line with some of his politics and some of the personal decisions he had made in his life, I had a lot of respect for his time in prison as a dissenter, protesting a system that was clearly immoral,” Schwach said. “The vehicle carrying Mr. Mandela stopped near where I was assigned, and he seemed to take a special interest in waving [to] and thanking the police officers, which I thought was pretty incredible, considering the way he was treated by law enforcement in his own country.”

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