- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The attorney for minority employees and applicants whose lawsuit forced the Pennsylvania State Police to reach integration goals almost 20 years ago says he sees similar resistance to Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominee to head the agency.

Philadelphia lawyer Harold Goodman said Thursday that opposition to Col. Marcus Brown is designed to derail Senate confirmation of a man who wants to diversify the state police.

The state police were freed from federal court supervision after reaching 596 minority employees in 1997, or about 11 percent. The number has since slid to 6 percent. Goodman attributes that to retirements by non-white troopers and virtually all-white cadet classes since.

The state police and troopers’ union fought the lawsuit, which also led to the reinstatement of a fired trooper, William Bolden III.

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