During the spring of 1978, black Troopers met to establish common goals and to confront issues which affected them as so-called Minority members of the Connecticut State Police.
Several meetings were held, officers were elected, and the Connecticut Chapter of the Men & Women for Justice (MWFJ, Inc.) was established on February 8, 1979.
In November, 1979, representatives of the MWFJ, Inc. met with the Commissioner of the State of Connecticut Department of Public Safety. The group took its first stance against racial discrimination by voicing dissatisfaction with Connecticut State Police hiring and promotional practices. In July, 1980, MWFJ, Inc. sent a letter to the State Police Commissioner denouncing racial and sexist slurs made by State Police officials at a training session at the State Police Academy in Meriden, Connecticut.
On October 24, 1982, a formal complaint (MWFJ, Inc. vs. Lester Forst, civil docket number N82-171) was filed with the United States District Court of New Haven against the Connecticut State Police. The complaint was made with the Connecticut Commissioner of Human Rights and Opportunities, and the Federal Division of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Also listed as defendants were the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Connecticut State Employee Association, chapter 174 (the State Police Union).
The United States Federal Government determined that the Connecticut State Police did discriminate, and efforts were made to address the discriminatory practices. After this successful lawsuit, other minority organizations used this case as the basis for their discrimination suits in attempting to bring equality to all.
The Men & Women for Justice, Inc., also has chapters in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Our organization consists of State and Local Sworn Law Enforcement officers, police department civilian employees, and community members who are good citizens of the United States.