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Ferguson Attracts Large Pool of Applicants for Police Jobs

February 19, 2015  | 

The city of Ferguson, Mo., is attracting a large pool of applicants to police jobs, including minority candidates seeking the position left vacant by the resignation of Darren Wilson, the mayor told the Associated Press.

Mayor James Knowles III believes city leaders have made it clear they are seeking minority officers to build a more diverse police force in the St. Louis suburb that endured months of unrest after Brown’s death last summer.

About 1,000 people applied for a vacant dispatcher’s job, and 50 to 60 people applied for two vacant patrol officer jobs, one of which was created by Wilson’s resignation in November. Two additional openings are expected soon from pending retirements, officials said.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 2/20/2015 4:33 AM

Wouldn't that be grounds for discrimination if an applicant was not hired because of race? I would like to see how they advertise the opening.

Bob @ VA @ 2/20/2015 9:30 AM

In Ricci v. DeStefano, 557 U.S. 557 (2009), the SCOTUS sided with white and Hispanic firefighters who passed promotion exams but were passed over for promotion in favor of less qualified blacks who didn't pass the tests. The Court held: "Before an employer can engage in intentional discrimination for the asserted purpose of avoiding or remedying an unintentional, disparate impact, the employer must have a strong basis in evidence to believe it will be subject to disparate-impact liability if it fails to take the race-conscious, discriminatory action. Because New Haven failed to demonstrate such strong basis in evidence, the City's action in discarding the tests violated Title VII." 14/20 of the firefighters were promoted shortly after the decision and the group was awarded $2M.

In a 2012 case in Buffalo, 12 white firefighters were awarded a total of $2.5M in an identical situation. Phila settled a similar case for $275K in 2009, and Patterson, NJ, for $350K in 2015.

Jim Donahue @ 2/21/2015 8:44 AM

The 1964 Civil Rights Act along with a series of other civil rights statues have made it illegal to discriminate because [in part] of a person's race. So, how does this statement fit with those laws? "... city leaders have made it clear they are seeking minority officers to build a more diverse police force ..." Does that now give other cities the right to "make it clear" that they are seeking a 'White Male' officer for whatever reason they deem appropriate. Go ahead ... just try it and we will see just what "Civil Rights" is all about.

kevCopAz @ 2/21/2015 10:46 AM

You know they will find the "most qualified" applicant ..who will happen to be of "color". This is so funny that the PD has to match the demographics of any given city. Lets see if the NBA will do that. Then this should work in reverse also Im sure that there are some cities that do not have a "right ratio" of white, or hispanic or Asian, or gay or even straight officers. How about drk hair, light hair, left handed and right handed too? Lets see if every city with a huge number of "persons of color" on the force that exceeds the minority representation are let go and white officers replace them NOT!. Im sure that the San Francisco PD does not have an acceptable ratio of Asian officers to Asian population. This is ridiculous. If any hiring process is fair the Race should never matter.

Deputy Ken @ 2/21/2015 11:29 AM

Basically, "White people need not apply" afterall, the city of Ferguson made it clear they are seeking to hire "minorities" to create a more "diverse" police force. Hmmm, thats not discriminatory at all. Can you imagine the outcry from the typical loudmouths if the city said they just looking to hire white officers.

Any time you place a racial quota as the hiring criteria above the qualifications and character of the individual, you have a disaster in the making. Just ask LAPD how their racial quota driven hiring practices have affected their quality of officers (scandal after scandal).

Obviously there are going to be qualified applicants from every ethnic background, but the true quality of the candidate has to be the only criteria. When you make hiring decisions based on race its discrimination period. Wether you hire a black person over a white person or a white person over a black person or whatever, if race was the deciding factor, its discriminatory. Its funny how the media and the typical loudmouths only complain when the perceived discrimination goes one direction and not the other.

Personally, the handwriting is on the wall, if I was a Ferguson officer, Id be applying elsewhere.

plato's playdough @ 2/22/2015 2:22 AM

If memory serves correctly, PoliceMag had an article out not long ago, about New Orleans removing the college degree requirement, to spur recruitment goals.

Perhaps that will work in Ferguson.

If I interpret an earlier article correctly, AG Holder announced they would file a lawsuit against Ferguson PD if their ranks remained mostly white.

As if criminality will somehow suddenly cease upon implementation of this policy.

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