Saturday, March 01, 2008
Retired Altlanta Police Battle for Benefits
Well, as much as things change so many things stay the same. In 1976 black officers were blocked from joining a state supported police retirement fund in Atlanta, because of the color of their skin. Now, years later retired white officers who entered the fun can bring home hundreds of dollars more every month in benefits then their black counterparts. Welcome to the 21st century.
Representative Tyrone Brooks, a civil rights activist is leading the campaign for the former black officers. He says eventually he will move the battle from the Capitol to the courtroom. This is unless lawmakers take action within the final weeks of the legislative session.
74-year-old James Booker, a retired College Park police captain, says his badge was a burden. He couldn't use the restroom in the station, couldn't answer the telephone and couldn't arrest white women. The list was long and humiliating for any black cop in Georgia in the South during segregation.
It seems not too much has changed for men like Mr. Booker