Alabama court ousts "Bull" Connor, Mayor

MONTGOMERY, Ala., May 23, 1963 (UPI)-Birmingham Mayor Art Hanes and two city commissioners, including Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Conner, lost their appeal to remain in office today before the Alabama Supreme Court. The court upheld a lower court ruling authorizing newly elected Mayor Albert Boutwell, considered more moderate on segregation that Hanes and Connor, and a new nine-member council to take office.

The ruling meant that Hanes, Connor and Public Works Commissioner J. T. Waggoner must vacate their offices immediately.


Boutwell and the new councilmen were elected following a favorable vote to change the city's form of government.

It was Hanes and Connor who directed police and firemen during recent civil rights demonstrations in which more than 2,000 Negroes were arrested.

Both are considered staunch segregationists.

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