BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 8, 1963 (UPI) - The Highway Patrol moved 1,200 state troopers intro Birmingham today to reinforce police units after five days of racial protests that have brought open violence and the arrests of 93 persons. The contingent of state troopers was led in this racially-tense steel center by State Public Safety Director Al Lingo and Highway Patrol Capt. Joe Smelley. They said the force totaled "approximately 100."
The troopers represent about one-third of the state's total number of patrolmen.
State police were called out after a guard at the residence of Gov. George C. Wallace in Montgomery reported two shots were fired last night by a "dirty-looking bearded man" from a moving car.
Wallace shrugged off the incident. But state authorities ordered 40 men armed with riot guns and sawed-off shotguns posted around the block in which the governor's mansion is located.
They also posted a guard at the hospital room where the governor's 18-year-old daughter, Bobbie Jo, is recuperating from surgery.
Wallace took the incident lightly. "Maybe they were shooting at squirrels," he said.
The governor, who took office in January, said he didn't know the gunfire had anything to do with the tense racial situation in Birmingham.
The trial of 29 Negroes arrested on charges stemming from the racial protests got under way today in City Recorder's Court. The Negroes immediately filed a petition with Judge Jack Brown to move the cases to Federal District Court.
Defense Attorney William M. Kinstler of New York City filed the petition under an 1868 civil rights statute that permits such a transfer.
The Negroes, headed by the Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth, a local integrationist, were arrested Saturday for parading without a permit.
In Birmingham yesterday, patrolmen and police dogs broke up a Palm Sunday anti-segregation "prayer pilgrimage" and sent 600 Negroes scurrying.
Screaming demonstrators fled before the snarling police dogs held on leashes by police. Several persons were bitten.
Others climbed on top of automobiles to get away from the dogs.