By 1973, although nearly 11 percent of all state employees were people of color, only 62 people of color were enlisted in the department, out of a total complement of 4,173 — a paltry 1.5 percent. Of the 62, all but two held the lowest rank of trooper. [Bolden v. Pennsylvania State Police]
After I graduated from the academy in January 1986 at the age of 27, I was stationed in Somerset, Pa. By the time that I left there I could tell you when doe, buck, turkey, bow, small game and muzzle season was. And while the consent decree provided opportunity, it didn’t lead to the end of racial slights and slurs.
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