SPLC: Landmark Cases: Alabama State Troopers

The Alabama State Troopers was an organization, which supported governor George Wallace in his promises of segregation. In 1965, troopers assaulted civil rights activists who were opposed to Wallace's policies. However, the situation remained the same until 1972 with the entrance of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC gained an order that required the state to hire qualified black and white troopers in a one-to-one ratio until the black troopers made up twenty-five percent of the trooper force. However, state officials opposed by making it difficult for the black troopers to complete their training by hindering them with unjust disciplinary practices and refused to administer fair promotion tests. The SPLC returned again and again to the court to force state troopers to cooperate until in 1987, the case reached the United State Supreme Court. The SPLC gained a favorable judgment and state officials ended their resistance. Nearly 23 years after the SPLC brought the state officials to court, the case finally ended in 1995 resulting with the Alabama State Troopers having the highest percentage of minority officers in the nation.

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