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A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city...
...on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work...
Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law. But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.”
reply to post by benrl
I think his signature is the comment. Anyway, hopefully this will go higher in the court system and be reversed, because it sure looks like discrimination from where I'm contemplating life.
Not surprising unfortunately. Knowing this, however, sufficiently intelligent people should be able to approximate a "target" IQ during testing, no?
This may explain the complete idiocy of certain police actions.
How about including some thoughts on the matter?
Whats your view of their motive behind this, implications, etc?
Usually threads require more than just a snippet from a story.
reply to post by benrl
I think when you couple the intelligence factor along with many modern aspects (military gear, an attitude of everyone being a criminal, being above the law you uphold, etc) all set a very dangerous precedent.
If someone higher up wanted to utilize this to their advantage in truly gaining direct power, it seems to be an ironically smart move to only employ certain "types."
But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.
MISSION STATEMENT: We, the members of the New London Police Department, are committed to providing the highest quality of police services. By empowering our personnel to work in partnership with the community toward a goal of improving the quality of life within the city of New London through preserving peace, reducing fear and providing for an overall safe environment, the department protects the rights and dignity of all citizens with professionalism and compassion.