Dayton, Ohio: At risk from the Department of Justice.

Once again it appears that the worst lawyer in the country is making decisions that will affect people’s lives and he is doing based solely on skin color. What is happening in Dayton is indicative of the mentality of a government gone wild.  What is going on is that the majority of people who passed the civil service test in that town back in 2006 where not black.  Now here is what is being reported in Dayton by a local TV station.

DAYTON — The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.It’s a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam. 

Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees.  The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test.

Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.

The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%.  That’s the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.

“It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community,” said Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President, Randy Beane.  “It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation.”

“The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed,” agreed Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward.

The D.O.J. and Civil Service Board declined Dayton’s News Source’s repeat requests for interviews.  The lower standards mean 258 more people passed the test. The city won’t say how many were minorities.

“If you lower the score for any group of people, you’re not getting the best qualified people for the job,” Foward said.

“We need to work with the youth and make them interested in becoming law enforcement officers and firefighters,” said Beane.  “Break down the barriers whether they are real or perceived, so we can move forward in this community.”

The D.O.J. has forced other police departments across the country to lower testing standards, citing once again that not enough black candidates were passing.

The Dayton Firefighter recruit exam is coming up this summer.  The chief said it’s likely the passing score for that test will be lowered as well.Civil Service Board Announces Police Recruit Scores

Friday, March 11 2011, 12:17 AM EST

Wow so the DOJ thinks the test is just too hard for blacks to pass?   They filed suit against Dayton back in 2008 for this matter.   What is not being reported is what is mentioned in this report from the Dayton Daily News.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in 2006, claiming the exam was discriminatory toward blacks, and nearly 1,100 applicants took the overhauled test last November. But a Dayton Daily News examination of the results shows a smaller percentage of black applicants passed the city’s overhauled written exam in November than in 2006. About 29 percent (25 of 87) of black applicants passed the exam in 2006, compared to 25 percent (57 of 225) in 2010.

The Justice Department in late February rejected the city’s proposed score and demanded it be lowered slightly to bring in more blacks. The city has so far balked at the demand.

So Dayton administered a test the DOJ approved to be more black friendly.  Not sure what that test consists of but I feel sorry for the blacks as their Department of Justice does not want them to try harder.  They just want to give them jobs for signing their names.  Would that be doing anyone a favor.  The citizens of Dayton , Other officers and yes even the people who did not pass the test.  Police work is not mindless driving around eating donuts and drinking coffee.  We need the best and brightest that want to do the job.  The DOJ is saying it does not matter how smart a cop is just what color he or she is.  What is wrong with that picture.   I always like to ask why the DOJ has not filed a lawsuit against professional basketball for the lack of white players.  If you care to answer that I would love to hear your logic.

Now here is the real sick part.  In the first article quoted on this page the head of the NAACP from Dayton came out and said this was a bad move. Derrick Foward said the following:  “If you lower the score for any group of people, you’re not getting the best qualified people for the job”   How can he get away with saying that?   My guess is that Mr. Foward who appears to be a very honest man if you take this quote into account will soon become the victim of a smear campaign and be ousted as the President of his chapter.  BUT  he is right.

And one more common sense guy here.  My feeling is that Derrick Foward and the guy in this next quote are smarter than Eric Holder and almost all of the Obama administration.  What did the guy say?

Black applicant protests lowering police entrance exam scores

Community leaders say Justice Department’s demand is ‘a slap in the face to black people.’

By Lucas Sullivan, Staff Writer Updated 3:14 AM Sunday, March 6, 2011DAYTON — Zachary Williams is a 21-year-old black Wayne High School grad who wants nothing more than to be a Dayton police officer or firefighter.

He’s one of 225 black applicants who took the November police entrance exam now at the center of a dispute between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.

His test results are pending the Justice Department’s demand that the city lower its passing score for a police exam to allow for a larger pool of black applicants, while the city argues it is trying to ensure it hires the most qualified candidates.

Dayton is in desperate need of black applicants like Williams.

There are roughly 650 Dayton police and firefighters and less than 40 are black in a city with 62,000 black residents. The fact a smaller percentage of blacks passed the police exam in November doesn’t help Dayton’s chances of improving those numbers.

“It doesn’t surprise me the test results aren’t different and it shouldn’t surprise anyone,” said Randy Beane, police union president. “Not enough African-Americans are taking the exam and we need to get in the schools and talk to kids about being in law enforcement. What we are doing here is the definition of insanity.”

Williams said he understands what the Justice Department is trying to accomplish, but he thinks it’s the wrong method and it’s keeping him from achieving his dream.

“You can’t blame the city for the lack of diversity,” Williams said. “This isn’t your normal 9 to 5 job and you have to want it. I don’t want to be in a department where I was hired because of my skin color. I want it because I earned it.”

Community leaders agree with Williams and said the Justice Department’s method stigmatizes blacks.

“I cannot make a legal judgment on the Justice Department’s method, but there are lots of instances where competent people test poorly,” said U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice. “What can happen in these cases, minorities are incorrectly branded as less qualified when they are infinitely qualified.”

Keith Lander, chairman of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the lowering of the test score “is a slap in the face to black people.

“Black people are not dumb,” he said.

DOJ’s results lukewarm

The Justice Department’s method of forcing cities to diversify through litigation began in 1971 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled disparate racial impact violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The ruling stated if an entity could not provide a lawful reason why its hiring practices had a contrasting impact on races, it was in violation of federal law.

Justice Department officials have said almost all litigation related to racial disparities is triggered by an outside complaint.

They have refused to release the complainant’s name in Dayton’s case.

Since 1990 the Justice Department has filed 24 hiring discrimination lawsuits against cities and states from New Jersey to Los Angeles. In almost every case, cities or states settle with a consent decree — a binding agreement to change questionable practices.

Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in an e-mail Friday the goal of the lawsuits is to uphold the Civil Rights Act by removing “unnecessary barriers” in hiring practices. She added the Justice Department does not file lawsuits “based solely on the (diversity) numbers.”

“We only challenge examinations when we determine that the employer has failed to demonstrate the exam will do a good job of selecting qualified candidates,” (emphasis added) she said.

Here we go again.  The exam that is in question was approved by the DOJ.  Dayton and the DOJ had a consent decree in place since 2009.   Now the DOJ is not happy with the results of the test they authorized.   Folks these people are not to be trusted.   Eric Holder is an anti-American bad lawyer who will stop at nothing to drive his personal agenda.  Ignoring what should be and has been the law of the land.


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