Ex-Pa. Trooper Claims He Was Fired over Ebonics

Joe Mandak, Yahoo! Finance, December 6, 2012

A black man contends he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper for false claims that he didn’t properly write reports, and sometimes used Ebonics in doing so, according to a federal lawsuit.

The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends employs nearly all white troopers.

Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a “lack of solid job knowledge and basic police skills” and other “officer/public safety concerns” not spelled out in that letter in November 2010. {snip}


The lawsuit contends Peake was one of four black officers out of about 75 in his police academy class and that the state police have a “policy and practice of not hiring a sufficient number of African-Americans into trooper positions.”

“Plaintiff was judged by different and more harsh standards than other probationary troopers, because of his race,” the lawsuit contends. {snip}

Finn said 6.6 percent of Pennsylvania’s roughly 4,150 state troopers are non-white, including 3.9 percent who are black. U.S. Census Bureau data shows blacks account for just over 11 percent of Pennsylvania’s population.


Peake’s lawsuit seeks reinstatement, back pay and unspecified monetary damages. Mostly, Peake wants a chance to prove himself, Logan said.

“The last bit of time in his employment, he had been restricted to desk work,” he said. “How is that giving him an opportunity to perform his job?”

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  • dd121

    Most jobs have a no-questions-asked firing policy for new employees on probation. What, Jamal wants an exemption for being black?

    • dukem1

      Uh…yeah. I’d say that is his point.

  • You know, I read this headline the other day and cynically assumed the officer being fired was a white guy who was submitting reports mockingly written in ebonics. The truth is so much more delightful! What I wouldn’t give to read some of Mr. Peake’s works! I bet they’re gold!

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      They probably didn’t include a sample of his works in the article for the precise reason that they’d show how inept and unqualified he is for his job, and would make him lose any public support he might garner.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I’ll bet they’re great reading, too. I would dearly love to see the words “amberlamps” and “bambalance” together in the same official incident report.

      The fact that we will never see these reports is not the absolute, this-time-it’s-for-real crying shame in this story. The real pity is that Peake will never read our comments here.

      • He couldn’t understand them anyway, making them inherently racist, regardless of meaning.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Wonder if he used that term ‘hating on’. Or did he use ‘diss’ for this or ‘dat’ for that? Ebonics is dumb.

      • You can bet someone “beez diss-ree-spekkin'” somebody else somewhere. This animal called the reasons for its dumping “not worthy of belief.” You know, as opposed to “unbelievable.”

    • The first “professional” police reports ever written in crayon, complete with the popular “textspeak” that is so prolific among the “yooff” these days, barbecue-sauce fingerprints.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Pess 1 fo Spanish, Pess 2 fo Ebonics

    • Michael_C_Scott

      When I get an ebonics speaker on the phone after I have called some variety of public-sector office, I always hang up and try again.

  • Oh stewardess, I speak jive

    If Barbara Billingsley were still around the state could’ve hired her at their expense to act as a translator for Peake and all other vibrant and dynamic African-American officers in need of assistance.

    • The__Bobster
    • Barbara Billingsley is in my Disqus avatar. This image is from Season 2 Episode 24 of Leave It To Beaver, episode title “The Bus Ride.” Ward holding the noose is my way of making fun of the whole noose mania that came out of Jena, Louisiana. I also use this AVI on Twitter (@countenanceblog).

      “But Ward, weren’t you a little hard on the Beaver?”

    • blight14

      Ha, did you post a similar comment on the original article?????

  • When I was in the service, we couldn’t get a black guy lucid enough to operate one of our radios. Can’t have a guy not be understood trying to send in fire missions for artillery or air stikes, etc.

    • i am

      We had a black sergeant who could be understood, but he was so incompetent that he called in mock artillery on himself or on downtown Columbus Georgia, but it was always the white persons fault for not understanding what he meant. When we got back to base and was told that we blew up one of the strip joints on Victory Drive, he asked what the right coordinates were for the target. The only part of the coordinate I can remember today is “Golf Lima (something)”. A few months later we deploy to Saudi Arabia. We do some practice exercises in the desert, and he calls in for a mock artillery strike. This time he uses the same coordinates (Golf Lima something) he was given back in Ft. Benning Georgia. The artillery commander (or whatever they were called) says to repeat the location because they are not on his map. I get on the radio and tell the commander that the Sergeant wants him to hit the strip bar just outside Ft. Benning. The commander reports back that his artillery won’t reach that far. The black guy just gives me that stupid look that is so common with blacks. He says “that’s the coordinates they gave me back in Ft Benning.” I told him that those coordinates were for a target in Ft Benning, and we are now half way around the world in Saudi Arabia and need completely different coordinates. It was beyond his comprehension. I found out that he tested a 67 on the ASVAB test when he joined.

      • Alex

        Blacks in the military would virtually never get promoted if it wasn’t for the army’s racial policy towards them in promotions (how man incompetent black Sergeant Majors did youy come across?) and the fact that they run fast. They only serve to water it down and act as a big reason for random urinalysis.

      • plato102

        How did you get his test score? Wouldn’t information of a personal nature, such as a test score, be off limits to anyone not authorized to view it?

        • i am

          I overheard him tell someone else. He was in grade to long and was going to be kicked out of the Army. He was complaining that he had to go back to school to raise his score, so he could stay in and advance to a higher rank. Someone asked him what his score was, and he told them. I was standing next to them when I heard it. Even other blacks considered him stupid.

      • Joseph

        On the other hand, the guy was probably a mental giant in his high-school class.

    • StillModerated

      My son enlisted in the army and did basic training at Fort Jackson. Nearly all the D.I.s were negroid, and relished the opportunity to stick it to the white recruits. Conclusion: we’ll never win another war.

      • i am

        Technology is what wins wars now days, not incompetent blacks. When the US as satellites, and the other side still uses camels, it isn’t hard for a bunch of incompetent people to win a war. None of the people we fought in the last 60 years made their own planes or tanks.

        • StillModerated

          Technology requires competent operators. Many bantu soldiers cannot be clearly understood over the radio. And those complicated, push-button pieces of machinery need to be moved from point A to point B in a hurry.

  • The__Bobster

    U.S. Census Bureau data shows blacks account for just over 11 percent of Pennsylvania’s population.

    You wouldn’t know it from looking at Philly.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Does Peake really expect a free pass on being an illiterate imbecile because he’s black? I wonder whether he would be willing to see an incompetent black doctor for surgery or a non-ASE certified black mechanic for automobile repairs.

    The state was right to let this dimwit go; the last thing Pennsylvania needs is people beating criminal cases merely because the arrest reports are incomprehensible gibberish.

    • Tom_in_Miami

      “Does Peake really expect a free pass on being an illiterate imbecile because he’s black?” Sure, why not?

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Another option since he’s over 25 would be for him to run for the House of Representatives. Why not? We already have a moron there (Hank Johnson) who’s afraid Guam is going to capsize and thinks the First Amendment should be repealed, along with another moron (Maxine Waters) who thinks Fidel Castro is a great guy and believes the CIA is responsible for importing crack into the US.

        • Shawn_thefemale

          Not to mention Maxine’s vehement desire for a Congressional order to include ‘African American names’ for naming hurricanes.

      • They all get one from the Atty. Gen., the (formerly) White House, and the MSM anyway.

    • i am

      It is racist for blacks to be operated on by their own people.

      • Joseph

        It’s probably also suicide.

        The scene would be eerily suggestive of a cannibal family get-together.

  • Ebonics, poop. The guy just can’t write, ‘cos he screwed around all through school, and now that he’s got a job through affirmative action, he can’t write up his reports! So of course, it’s ‘cos he’s “JUDGED DIFFERENTLY.:”

  • Howard W. Campbell

    “The lawsuit contends Peake was one of four black officers out of about 75 in his police academy class and that the state police have a “policy and practice of not hiring a sufficient number of African-Americans into trooper positions.”

    I wonder what the Pennsylvania State Police had to do to get those blacks on board for the Academy. Most blacks who are qualified to be state troopers can make a lot more money at an AA job in private industry. As for the state being 11% black, I imagine that it would be closer to 3- 4% if you cut out Philly. How many of the yoofs in Philly are automatically disqualified for any police agency due to various types of felonies? Generally any state police agency is going to be an elite organization and has little room for AA.

  • redfeathers

    Watch for this to turn into a huge “racist” test, systemic racism case, like the NYC fire department fiasco.

  • Former Trooper Peake should have been screened out well before heading to the Academy.

    Well, PA might be 11% black, but that does not mean those 11% are in any way qualified to be Troopers. Likely that half of them have disqualifying convictions. Once you weed out the high school dropouts, drug users, psych, obese and medical conditions, bankruptcies, etc., your down to about 1% of the black population of PA that meets the basic standards to be a Trooper. And those people must compete against very highly qualified other candidates.

  • Dey be raciss in Pensly-vannia. Sho’ ‘nuf!

  • Joseph

    “The last bit of time in his employment, he had been restricted to desk
    work,” he said. “How is that giving him an opportunity to perform his

    Translation: “He can’t read or write English according to standard but you should see him beat up handcuffed people and frisk white women”.

    • i am

      He can’t shuck and jive with his homies and da b**ches if he is stuck sitting at a desk, plus he can’t goof off since he is being watched.

  • Report:

    “Honkey done speed and I done nailed his white ass.”

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Correction: “Ofay Honkey m**********r done been speeded and I done nailed his white a**. He also not be having the besurance and s***.”

  • StillModerated

    … the state police have a “policy and practice of not hiring a sufficient number of African-Americans into trooper positions.”

    The obvious solution is to dumb down the admissions test — again.

    I wonder what a report in Ebonics looks like. Let me guess.

    So I done seen da perp leaves dat dere saloon an’ he done gots into da pickup gnome sane an’ peels out dat muhfuggin parking lot an’ woke me up ‘n’ $#!+ — gnome sane? So’s I pulls dat cracker ass over an’ gibs him a ticket n’ $#!+.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      We’ve already been speculating about that, but the moderator didn’t approve.

  • It’s a vicious cycle. As their expectations of entitlement grow, so too does their incompetence. The more incompetent black employees become, the more resentment it will breed. More resentment will bring more attempts to equal the playing field – which, in turn, will bring more lawsuits and even more preferential treatment.


    • StillModerated

      I used to fear the government until I figured out it was run by government employees. Affirmative Action/EEOC government employees.

  • Under Obama/Holder, forcing employers to hire unqualified minorities (Whites need not apply) will be accelerated under Obamacare.

    Lower the standards and put all at risk; the Obama/Holder strategy

  • bluffcreek1967

    The Black officers and supervisors I have known throughout the years have not been marked as particularly intelligent. Years ago, before I better understood racial issues, I was appalled at how such obviously dim-witted and incompetent Black officers could get promoted to Sergeant or Lieutenant positions within the department. I used to wonder to myself, ‘Doesn’t anyone else see how stupid this guy is?’ But then I began to better comprehend the nature of AA and how political-correctness always trumps common sense and good judgment.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I have never allowed an African to pretend to “arrest” me, and I never will.

  • ageofknowledge

    I have translated a portion of this article into eubonics to gain a better understanding of what the problem actually is here.

    “A black maine contends he was fired at da end of his 18-month probationary period as a po po fo negatory claims dat he didn’t properly scribble, and used Ebonics in doin so, accordin ta a federal case.

    Da federal case was filed dis Tuesday fo William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, dat walked from da po po academuh in May 2009 and fo a minute was stationed at da Uniontown barracks, which his attorney mustas employs whitey.

    Peake had ta scribble a terminating letter contendin he was let go fo a “lack of solid job knowledge and basic police skills” and other “officer/public safety concerns” da white man said in November 2010.

    Da case fingers Peake as one of da four black officers in da po po class and dat da state police gots a “policy and practice of not hirin a sufficient number of African-Americans inta trooper positions.”

    “Plaintiff was judged by different and moe harsh standards than other probationary troopers, cus of his race,” da lawsuit contends.”
    – aww yea foo.

  • Some Guy

    I would love to hear Ossifer Mush-Mouth over the radio.

  • MBlanc46

    So how did he manage to graduate from the academy?