State NAACP Chief: MHP Promotion System Flawed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The head of a civil rights group says a new promotion system for Mississippi Highway Patrol officers still runs the risk of discriminating against black troopers.

The new system will use the state Personnel Board and troopers from neighboring states to decide promotions, instead of relying on Mississippi troopers grading their own colleagues.

NAACP state president, Derrick Johnson, said Thursday that since then, he's talked to several black troopers who are concerned Department of Public Safety Col. Michael Berthay still will control the final decisions.

Berthay's removal is the No. 1 item on a list of changes recommended by a mostly black group of troopers.

The Mississippi Central State Troopers' Coalition has alleged discrimination in DPS hiring and promotion.


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  • by Anonymous Location: meridian on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    That is what wrong with the south now the race is always the issue of the day. Thats why other countries can come and blow us off the map. We do not know how to treat each other, we should have learn from 9,11 . If we dont get our act together soon all the foreigner going to take over this town call Meridian then we really going to see who race is the better they going to put all of us Blacks and Whites Southern in one group just set back and watch the destruction. They already own everything.
  • by sara Location: meridian on Sep 22, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Cheri Barry is doing an awesome job... the only reason some people do not like her is because she is a white women. would the "local groups" be all up in arms if a black man was replacing a black man< i think not..... give it up people just because there is a black man as president that does not ensure all of your people political offices. leave it be and quit making yourselves out to be idiots. its one thing for people to think your an idiot its something else to open your mouth and prove it. as for far as state troopers go they know what the job in tells when they go into it.. suck it up and be a man
  • by Lisa Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    Please tell me Kasheedra isn't representative of the education the MPSD students are receiving?! MS Teacher is right- please stay in school Kasheedra your grammar & spelling needs dramatic improvement. My 4th grade child could do better.
  • by MS Teacher Location: MS on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    Kasheedra...stay in school honey, you need it more than anyone.
  • by Kasheedra Location: meridan on Sep 19, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    It time 2 boy cot meridan schools. they tryn 2 tell us wat 2 were 2 school and wat color to were an all it about dem in charge n stuff and i tired of it so lets stay at da crib bout a week an c wat day think
  • by Brent on Sep 19, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Well if its not the Black people in Meridian own the Mayor now the Black people on State Troopers.Whats next if they dont get there way they go crying to thoes NAACP people .God help US we will it
  • by John Location: Meridian on Sep 19, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    4 Real, The NAACP does not want people to be treated equally. The want AA to be promoted and in charge of things because of there color.
  • by Blue on Sep 19, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Maurice, that would be great it if worked like that. Some folks can pass a written test easily but don't have walking around sense and vice versa. A written test can't gauge certain skills needed when the fit hits the shan. (Sorry Toby)
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 19, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    well Maurice.. that is how i ran things the best worker got the raise or promotions.. but with theses groups it isnt how they see it.. because they see then the test as anti who ever... look at the fight with SAT's standard test but they were seen as anti .. so they got changed..
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on Sep 19, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    NAACP is the most racist group of people there are plain and simple. If a blck doesn't get hired for certian jobs they go balistic. Where is the defence for whites? We are the minority now.
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