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AG Holder Tells Ohio Agency To Lower Passing Test Score

March 15, 2011  | 

The city of Dayton, Ohio, has agreed to a lower passing score for the police recruit exam, after the U.S. Department of Justice rejected its test because not enough blacks passed.

According to the Dayton Daily News:

The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other.

An additional 258 people passed the exam, following the move.

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Comments (9)

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Jason Scarbourne @ 3/15/2011 4:21 PM

It is outrageous that the feds MANDATE the hiring of dumber cops, when we have so many intelligent applicants to choose from. While the obvious unfairness is to the qualified applicants of pale skin color, the long-range shafting is of citizens who will have to deal with dumber cops, and pay for lawsuits caused by dumber cops.

BTW, although the reporter didn't cover it in this piece, the physical standards have also been lowered to the point of being a joke. Despite the dumbing down, the flunk percentage still approaches 100% among female applicants.

Jeff @ 3/15/2011 5:07 PM

Isn't this racist? Blacks have the same opportunity as white folks do. If they can't pass the exam oh well. Looks like they'll do the same for Sgt. and above testing

mini28 @ 3/15/2011 6:26 PM

This is some crap. Just look at the dumb asses that voted this regime into office. Illiterates, morons, and lazy welfare recipients. I wouldn't want to be partnered up someone who couldn't tell if he fired 2 rounds or 15 or knew how to read an SOP.

Frank @ 3/15/2011 7:29 PM

Figures! Lets just dumb down the entire Judicial System in the United States. Maybe Eric Holder could work on some of the Judges. Lower the standards maybe we will end up with a better system. Hey about addressing The Border, Illegals, Cartels and Racial Profiling to get this Country back on its feet the way it was in the 70's before we have a fire sale to China. I can't wait for 2012.

ernest @ 3/15/2011 8:17 PM

You would think you want the best, those who went to school studied and earned the right to a career in law enforcement. The people who can't pass the test should of stayed in school rather then run the streets. Skin color has nothing to do with it, but Eric Holder seems to think so, so who's the racist.

Deadman @ 3/15/2011 10:05 PM

Why bother having a test at all?It seems to me that during bill clintons administration,we did away with minority recruitment and while obama ran for president,he would strive to mend fences between the races.This seems like a dumbing down of the requirements to pursue a career as a police officer or fireman.If the civil service test is anything like a I.Q. test where 70-72 is considered a moron or mentally handicapped,i pity the departments having to cope with this.Are they going to do the same for oral boards also,or just eliminate the scores altogether.I'v seen them hire dumb people,this will not help,i've had to stop some cops from killing somebody for the wrong reasons,GOOD-LUCK !!

woodrow weitzeil @ 3/16/2011 7:22 AM

Who is going to be responcable for the law suits coming from officers who are below standard. If they can't pass the standard test now. how will they ever understand what it takes to keep them selves out of trouble.

Capt David @ 3/16/2011 11:21 AM

This is affirmative action to the lowest degree. Hate to be a very smart black cop in that city cause everyone will think youb are as stupid as Eric Holder.

Michael @ 3/16/2011 6:32 PM

What a bunch of crap. I have worked will lots of minorities and they were able to pass the same test I did. Once again, the Feds what to be colorful..........I'm sorry but if someone can't pass the min. standards then you keep testing. What is next, you can get hired if you only have one felony in the last 3 years and your suspended DL will be over by the start of the academy....What a bunch of BS? The city should tell DOJ go F--- themselves, it's our city we will set the standards we want for our police officers.

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