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Lilian Copeland: Olympic Athlete and Jewish Marksman

Lilian Copeland was a top US track and field athlete in the 1920′s and 30′s. She excelled in the weight throwing events like discus and shot put, but also in javelin. She boycotted the 1936 Olympics because of Hitler and the Nazis. However, we at the Jewish Marksmanship blog are far more interested in her later police career, where she worked for the LA County Sheriff and “qualified as an expert marksman in 1938, scoring 274 points out of a possible 300 in a sheriff’s department competition.”

She is the second Jewish law enforcement officer we’ve covered here, the other being Emil Harris.