DoJ Sues Baltimore Co. PD Because Black People Fail Hiring Test At Greater Rate

The U.S. Department of Justice said the Baltimore County police hiring process was racially discriminating.

Baltimore County, MD – The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit that alleges racial discrimination in the Baltimore County Police Department’s hiring process.

The discrimination suit, which was filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, said that Baltimore County police have engaged in “unintended employment discrimination” for entry-level and police cadet positions by using hiring examinations that were not job-related and disproportionately excluded black applicants.

The lawsuit, which named Baltimore County and its police department as defendants, said that Baltimore County’s human resources office had developed the tests the police department was using, and had changed it three times since 2009.

The test is multiple-choice and applicants must achieve a passing score to get hired by Baltimore County police.

From 2009 to 2013, the exam consisted of 85 questions divided up into the categories reading comprehension (15 questions), vocabulary (15 questions), spelling (20 questions), grammar (15 questions), and logical order/sequencing (20 questions), according to the lawsuit.

Applicants were required to score 75 percent or higher on the so-called “2009 test” to move forward in the Baltimore County police hiring process.

The lawsuit claimed that from 2009 to 2013, black applicants passed the test at a “statistically significant” lower rate than white applicants.

In 2014, Baltimore County revamped the test and added a note-taking/observation skills section that required candidates to review a photograph and answer 15 questions about it, according to the suit.

They also lowered the standards for a passing score.

Applicants were requires to score at least 70 percent on the so-called “2014 test” to continue on in the police department’s hiring process.

Again, black applicants scored lower than white applicants on the test at a “statistically significant” rate, the lawsuit alleged.

Yet another hiring exam was adopted in 2015 and used through 2016.

The so-called “2015 test” was identical to the 2014 test except that the observation skills section had a different photograph and questions.

The lawsuit claimed that the pass rate of black in 2015 continued to be a “statistically significant” lower number that white applicants.

The DoJ contended in the lawsuit that Baltimore County’s usage of the discriminatory tests resulted in fewer black people being hired for the police department than would have if they had used a “non-discriminatory screening device.”

The lawsuit said that Title VII was violated because the questions on the exam were not job-related and “consistent with business necessity.”

“Employers must be mindful that an employment selection device, like a test, must be shown to be job-related if it disproportionately excludes members of one of Title VII’s protected groups,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in a press release that announced the lawsuit.

The lawsuit asked the court to order Baltimore County to stop using written tests to screen for police academy candidates and entry-level police officers and to change its application process to comply with non-discriminatory Title VII requirements.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. put out a statement on Tuesday that said the police department had already discontinued use of the offending test, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“A law enforcement agency should look like the community it serves,” Olszewski said. “As I have said repeatedly since taking office, I am committed to increasing diversity in the county’s Police Department.”

The DoJ has also called on the court to order Baltimore County to “provide make whole remedial relief to all persons who have suffered individual loss as a result of the discrimination alleged in this Complaint,” but it does not specify in what form that remedial relief would be bestowed upon the county’s victims.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

They probably failed because they didn't answer the question correctly about "are you comfortable with drugs and guns being sold by your peers and supervisors, at the expense of taxpayers?"

JBo
JBo

New test: Correctly spell the word "Police" out loud. If you receive a grade, you're hired.

flybynight
flybynight

"They probably failed because they didn't answer the question correctly about "are you comfortable with drugs and guns being sold by your peers and supervisors, at the expense of taxpayers?"

So LCD, are you saying your Bros are so dumb they can't say yes or no? I mean it's a one word answer.

flybynight
flybynight

"The discrimination suit, which was filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, said that Baltimore County police have engaged in “unintended employment discrimination” for entry-level and police cadet positions by using hiring examinations that were not job-related and disproportionately excluded black applicants."

Let's see, who was the president in 1964? Oh I remember LBJ, head democrat plantation owner. 🙄

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Excerpt:

"Baltimore County administered and used one version of the written exam from 2009 to 2013 (“2009 Exam”). The 2009 Exam consisted of 85 questions divided into components identified as reading comprehension (15 questions), vocabulary (15 questions), spelling (20 questions), grammar (15 questions), and logical order/sequencing (20 questions). Applicants who scored 75% or higher on the 2009 Exam were eligible to continue in BCPD’s selection process. 16. From 2009 to 2013, African American applicants passed the 2009 Exam at a lower rate than white applicants passed the 2009 Exam. This difference between the pass rates of white and African American applicants on the 2009 Exam is statistically significant."

Ummm, that does not mean that there was a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act does not guarantee equal outcome, it prohibits discrimination based upon race and ethnicity and such.

I sure hope this lawsuit fails. We need to raise standards in this country, not lower them.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Here's another reason you can't get more black officers to cover the ghettos. They can dumb down the tests, but then you are handing badges and guns to idiots.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

So they want to hire people that won't be able to write a coherent report or give testimony in court?

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Two words: Mohamed Noor.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

What if they were to insert more Ebonics worded questions into the exam ?

CitizenCare
CitizenCare

If they are not able to pass a simple basic knowledge test, even after it has been watered down FOR THEM. Does the black community feel ok about this? It's kind of insulting to say you can't pass the test because your black. Right? Should we have a WNBA version of each police department where the officers are....."special"?

LynnSB
LynnSB

WOW are you kidding me ?? If there to damn IGNORANT to pass the test THEY SHOULDN'T BE POLICE OFFICERS !!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Maybe there were a more significant amount of black people applying than any other ethnicity. If it’s multiple choice, that’s pretty even as far as opportunities to get the answer right and It’s no ones fault except the person taking the test as to who passes and fails.

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

I live in Baltimore County and I saw this on local news... I almost spit my soda out... I find it funny how they completely got rid of the test. The problem is you need this test to weed people out.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

How about a paint by numbers? How freaking easy do you have to make these tests to be politically correct at the expense of someone's life? It's multiple choice, maybe the DOJ would be happy if for black applicants the multiple choice questions were hinted at strongly by shading them a bit darker than the other answers. Yep! I want stupid cops on the streets with loaded weapons and questionable mentalities!

186
186

This has been going on for ever. Many years ago I took the test for a large city. 27,000 people took the test Results Top 100 scores belonged to White male veterans.The NAACP froze the hiring for two years claiming the test discriminated against minorities. By the time the smoke cleared, all the top candidates had been snapped up by other departments. Every civil service exam I have taken since then, has the same nonsense going on. BTW my score was 110 out of a possible 100

Storm45
Storm45

it is called IQ.

cspcapt
cspcapt

reading comprehension (15 questions), vocabulary (15 questions), spelling (20 questions), grammar (15 questions), and logical order/sequencing (20 questions), Are you kidding me? An officer deals with this every time he/she makes an arrest. You win or lose based on your written report.

unholyone
unholyone

And then they wonder....Why are police reports incomprehensible and cases are therefore lost?.......Why do cops do stupid, irrational things?.........Why can't cops testify so that the jury can understand?.......Why do cops commit crimes?....... I could go on, and forget about critical thinking! maybe the test should be in Ebonics with pictures and finger painting.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I can only draw a few conclusions from this suit:

  1. Black people are genetically too stupid to pass the test (Which I have trouble believing considering I know many black people who have worked in law enforcement for decades)
  2. Black people in the Baltimore county are not very smart, either due to an environmental factor or genetic factor that only affect the black people (not the white people that attend the same public schools and live in the same areas).
  3. the smart black people decided not to take the test, went to college to get educated, and are now making more money than most Baltimore county cops

The complementary idea that "correlation implies causation" is an example of a questionable-cause logical fallacy, in which two events occurring together are taken to have established a cause-and-effect relationship. This fallacy is also known by the Latin phrase cum hoc ergo propter hoc ("with this, therefore because of this"). This differs from the fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc ("after this, therefore because of this"), in which an event following another is seen as a necessary consequence of the former event.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

first it was Affirmative Action, now it's lowering the score grades. What's next, giving them the answers?? If you don't pass the test whose fault is it? Maybe paying attention in school would help in test taking.

J.P. DuROCHE
J.P. DuROCHE

Hi_estComnDenomn is just a troll and not worth our time....

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

So police departments should hire stupid people just because they are black?? What could go wrong?

Kk2628
Kk2628

Where the article states they should look like the community it serves.... does that mean they have to wear their pants sagging down their butts? Just wondering.

rainman
rainman

Looking at the bigger picture, this fits exactly with the likes of Soros' (and the Liberal Left) desire for anarchy; with "new" police officer's inability to properly fill out an incident report in coherent, logical and correct English sentences, then the criminal will likely get off on a technicality. I guess there will be no more reason to fill up our prisons with actual criminals anymore...just leave them on the street to claim more victims and let the "Social Justice Warriors" complain that the police can't protect them from becoming victims.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Even thought 13 of Baltimore's schools have ZERO students proficient in math, they currently rank as the 3rd-most-funded school districts per capita in the country....

CinGuz
CinGuz

This whole country is "dumbed down." How can teachers teach when students don't want to learn? Public schools have to keep disruptive, disrespectful students in school so they get funding.

vwiles34
vwiles34

So they think it' would be fine for people who couldn't pass the first grade to be police officers " As long as they're Black ". But I guess white applicants need a masters degree and must speak at least three languages. Besides Ebonics.

Achmsons
Achmsons

This is stupid. Everything which was mention on the exam is job related. You need to observe, take notes, write a report with good spelling. Comprehend to laws you are enforcing. If you continue to lower standards then don’t complain about the type of police you are dealing with.

Shield20
Shield20

There's a reason for having standards, to hire the best person for the job. Lowering standards is not the answer. If someone is that interested in doing this job, they'll get a book and study, there's plenty of them out there to help prepare for a Police civil service test, including ones with pictures to study... Ridiculous. This is the problem today, no one wants to work for what they want, they want it given to them without any effort. Next we'll be handing out trophies to everyone that takes the test...

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Oh yes. Just what I love about about Baltimore. Rookie Cops that can't pass a first-grade test that get involved in volatile situations while armed. Can't imagine how that could go wrong. Good call DOJ / Baltimore.

Wish505
Wish505

Simple fact is if you are not smart enough to pass the test sit down and shut up dummies.

JRPrince
JRPrince

I went through this Bulls**t with the Columbus, Oh. Fire Dept. The only question that might be discriminatory would be "Are you White". When are we going to realize that everyone is not the same and start looking for the best people for the job. If everyone has the same questions on the test then it's fair.......period. The CFD solved their problem by putting in an oral section, so that the evaluators could see the applicant and grade according to race. I was told on one test that I didn't have enough "voice inflection", 'nuff said?

Andrew Sipowicz
Andrew Sipowicz

So, blacks fail the test much more than other races, the commit homicides much more than other races- maybe it’s because the black community has a serious crisis of culture. Unfortunately, they will continue to blame everyone but themselves. I’d love to hear how a multiple choice test given to the same people at the same time can be unfair to blacks

Baxter12
Baxter12

This Is the most absurd article I’ve read! Just get a damn education, learn to read and write! Ridiculous!

Bluemoon135
Bluemoon135

Anybody remember the CETA program of the 70's? In California they hired minorities regardless of intelligence as cops. 4 hrs a day they were in school learning basic 6th grade knowledge. Then after lunch they rode with an FTO for 4 hours and the FTO had to write all the reports and tickets. What a joke; what goes around, comes around!

Danimyl
Danimyl

Cop: What did the mugger steal from you? Victim: My wallet Cop: how do you spell that?

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

"So Deshaunikki Washington, what is the most important part or Police work?" Deshaunikki, "Muh dick."

Navy
Navy

They should also be able to sue the public schools for not teaching them enough even though they chose not to learn.

xxcloroxx
xxcloroxx

So does this mean that the department of Justus wants Law Enforcement agencies to hire stupid cops? If you don't pass, you don't pass. Enough of this PC crap.

redpill
redpill

When we're graduating (those that do graduate) H.S. students with 5th grade reading comprehension, this is no surprise.

DC-TX
DC-TX

"If Tyrone robbed the liquor store and got $39.11, then mugged Leroy and got $19.32, how much crack could he buy?"

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

For years, education standards have been dropping. Here's the result. People wanting jobs that REQUIRE the ability to understand what they are reading and the ability to write in at least somewhat proper English. Failing those two sections of the test would be enough to cause an individual to fail the test as a whole. Police officers have to write a lot of reports that go to the courts with cases. This requires those skills. If an applicant fails this portion of the test, they should be informed so they can seek tutoring to remedy that and come back and take it again. There's nothing discriminatory going on.

The reading comprehension and writing skills of our youth and young adults is absolutely appalling.

JMC JMC
JMC JMC

Gordon Graham said it best, "Stop hiring stupid people".

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

I don't understand. The test is color blind, it does not see the color of any candidate taking the test. So if minorities fail more often then maybe it's because they by personal choice don't spend enough time preparing for the test.

T00R
T00R

All they're asking is the cadets prove they're not a dumbass. The test IS job related. Spelling, grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension are necessary to write a police report. Logical order measures brain function. WHAT IS NOT JOB RELATED?

NFPD103
NFPD103

Let's just get drop reading writing and sentence or statement comprehension, what police officer would need those skills to do the job. I'm sure enough stupid white people would now pass the test that the DOJ seeks, or better yet just hire people of color until the agency is reflective of the idiots who live in the county.then when they commit a crime the can arrest themselves. DOJ is not helping with this nonsense.

K-9 319
K-9 319

That's just who I would want to cover my back, somebody who can't pass a written exam without lowering the standard. Let's see, almost all if not all reports are done on a computer, so if you can't pass a written exam, maybe the town will hire a typist so you can dictate your report to them. Maybe they should try harder in school and the teachers quit passing them in order to get them out of their classroom, or maybe stay in school. Why is it that everybody who works their ass off to better themselves has to bow down to under achievers ? Lets see, remedial relief, is that kinda sorta like welfare and who is going to pay for it ? And the good guys get it stuck where the sun doesn't shine AGAIN.

flybynight
flybynight

I've been through every comment on here and for some strange reason LCD is the only troll who commented on this particular story. Things that make you go hmmmm. 🤔 Guess his buds were embarrassed?

bill fuse
bill fuse

Remember the great dumbing down of E-Bonics...Ok, so let’s move to the Police Report... ‘Dey war drivin by da See, an Eye cud Sea it was a Read car. I stooped it and Red dem dare rites. Eye den Cupped dem. Dey had no since, and sense it wuz late, eye late dem go hommie. Dats my stories an eye’m sticking to dit.

61mouse
61mouse

Why even give the fucking test ? Bet 99% of the NBA would fail then too