Marquez Claxton biography



Marquez ‘Marq’ Claxton was born in Brooklyn, New York to John Claxton (health institutional aide) and Eliza Claxton (a registered nurse)  Marq, his sister Pamela and their parents moved to Laurelton, Queens in 1978. 


Marq attended John Dewey High School in Brooklyn and prior to joining the NYPD in 1985, attended St. Johns University and Baruch College.


During Marq’s tenure in the NYPD he was assigned to uniformed and plainclothes patrol in the 28th precinct in Harlem, an undercover and investigator in the Organized Crime Control Bureau at Queens Narcotics Division and Brooklyn South Narcotics Division, the 90th precinct Detective Squad as the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Coordinator and the Identity Theft Coordinator. Marq was promoted to Detective 3rd grade in 1990, Detective 2nd grade in 2001.  In 2005, Marq retired from the NYPD after 20 years of service.


Marq Claxton has always been committed to public/community service.  Whether as an active Police Officer or Detective,  as a longtime Queens resident or as Co-founder and spokesperson of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care™, ‘Marq’ continues to work tirelessly and vigorously to serve the public.   For Marq public service is an obligation.  He has partnered with hundreds of community organizations to assist them on a wide range of issues.  Always outspoken, he has publicly challenged politicians and policies that work against the interests of people.  Whether at a New York City Council hearing or on a national television program or on local and national radio, Marq has defended the interests of a largely disenfranchised, resource-starved community.  Marq continues to fight for justice and equitable resource allocation. Marq has spent years giving voice to the voiceless and fighting to empower the powerless.


Utilizing his training and practical experience with the NYPD, Marq helped to create empowerment workshops and developed strategies and positions for 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care™.  As a co-founder and spokesperson for 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care™, he was instrumental in developing innovative programs that continue to address a wide range of issues including Police Community Relations, Conflict Resolution, Senior Citizen Safety, Gang Prevention and Awareness as well as Child Safety to name a few.


Marq’s affiliations include:

former Co-Founder & Spokesperson, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care

former Chair, Public Safety Committee-Community Board 13 (Queens)

Co-chair, ‘Gangs, Guns & Gainful Employment’ subcommittee of the

              New York State Democratic Conference – Operation S.N.U.G.

Member, New York State Blue Ribbon Commission of Gang Violence Prevention

Member, Blacks in Government

Member, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Member, C.E.M.O.T.A.P. (Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People)

Life Member, N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

Member, Operation P.O.W.E.R. (People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect)

Member, Federated Blocks of Laurelton civic association



Marq is a frequent and regular commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 fm), WRKS (98.7 fm), WLIB (1190 am) and WBAI (99.5 fm).   Marq has appeared on National & Local television broadcasts including Court TV’s “Catherine Crier Live”, MSNBC’s “The Abrams Report”, FOX TV’s “Hannity & Colmes”, CNBC’s “Rivera Live” , Gil Noble’s “LIKE IT IS” NY1’s “INSIDE CITY HALL” and a host of other televised programs.  Marq has also regularly submitted opinion editorials and  for


Marq is a married father of 2 sons and 1 stepdaughter.  He and his wife, Yanet reside in the Claxton family home in Laurelton, Queens. 






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