Bull Connor (July 11th, 1897 – March 10th, 1973) was an American politician who served as an elected Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, for more than two decades. He strongly opposed activities of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Under the city commission government, Connor had responsibility for administrative oversight of the Birmingham Fire Department and the Birmingham Police Department, which also had their own chiefs.
Known for his violent counter protests, Connor's attacks in Birmingham, Alabama brought him infamy and surprisingly lead to hostility towards segregation. Connor gave the Ku Klux Klan a considerable amount of freedom to perpetrate hate crimes against blacks, with one such incident being the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, a KKK-lead terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths of four African-American girls.
The worst things that he did was use dogs to fight and attacked some kids. Connor's evil and inexcusable actions were exploited on national television across the United States leading to national outrage towards the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama. In response, the city fired Connor as their police commissioner. His actions were among the catalysts for the implementation of the Civil Rights Act.
Bull Connor died of a stroke on March 10, 1973.