Pittsburgh Defends Effort to Hire Minorities as Police Officers

Rich Lord and Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 30, 2013

Pittsburgh officials defended their efforts to improve police bureau diversity Tuesday, assailing the backgrounds of plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit, while an audit suggested that recruiting of minorities had improved, even if hiring had not.

Last year the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city on behalf of five black men, seeking to represent a class of around 300 other failed applicants, claiming that the police hiring process favors relatives and friends of officers to the near-exclusion of minorities. Around 4 percent of police hires since 2001 have been African-American, according to the lawsuit.

Assistant city solicitor Wendy Kobee’s motion to dismiss said the five named plaintiffs have “extremely weak individual claims” and were “inadequate to represent the proposed class.”

Quoting documents from city files, Ms. Kobee wrote that plaintiff Mike J. Sharp suffered from his “admission to a long history of illicit drug use and dealing–‘between 1996 and 2004 he smoked marijuana between 800 and 1,000 times and assisted in arranging drug deals,’ ” which “rendered him less desirable” as a recruit.

ACLU Pennsylvania legal director Witold Walczak called the motion “a smear devoid of reality.” He said any drug use by Mr. Sharp–now an officer with a different department–“stopped a decade ago.”

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Mr. Walczak said the city hired other candidates who admitted stealing from previous employers and who, according to lie detector tests, seemed to be untruthful when denying recent drug use. He said the city’s motion ducks its near-total failure to hire minorities.

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City Controller Michael Lamb released an audit looking at whether the city had followed recommendations that came out of a study conducted in 2009 that showed that women and minorities tended to be clumped in low-paying city jobs.

His audit found that the city appears to be doing a far better job of recruiting minority applicants for police officer positions, with about three times as many minority applicants in 2011 than in 2005. But that hasn’t translated to higher numbers of minorities in the bureau.

Last year, there were a record 440 minorities who signed up to take the civil service exam, but fewer than half showed and even fewer scored high enough to make the cut for the academy.

Mr. Lamb believes the city should help prepare minority and female applicants before they get to the academy.

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  • I was a cop in Dallas myself back in the late ’90s. The hiring process in all of our large cities is a joke. It sure was a good thing I put Hispanic down on my application. I was hired really quick, and I have no blood from south of the border.
    If I ran Pittsburgh, I would just go ahead with the hiring quotas. White people are too worried about the Steelers, and have a long history of caving in to charges of racism.
    The quotas are coming to the Steel Curtain, and whitey aint gonna do anything about it.
    Besides, all 50 of our state capitals, and our 100 largest cities are not getting punished for minority quotas, so Pittsburgh has absolutely nothing to worry about.

    • I have been thinking of claiming Amerind status.

      • Tucker

        It occurs to me that all of these anti-white, discriminatory ‘racial preferences’ that are sweeping across North America like a plague – are deliberately and diabolically intended to isolate and target one and only one specific racial group, i.e., White European Americans. More specifically, White men.

        Which makes me recall a series of articles I’ve seen in the news over the last several years, where these DNA testing companies are springing up and they promise that they can take a sample of one’s DNA and do the necessary scientific and/or medical analysis of it, and tell you if there is any non-White European DNA anywhere in your family’s past.

        So, in essence, it seems to me that what the Cultural Marxist enemy might be attempting to do – as part of these ‘racial preferences’ set-asides for hiring, employment, promotion, and for college admissions – is to establish a societal system where it becomes literally impossible for any pure White European man or woman to get ahead in life, unless they can prove that they’ve got some non-white racial DNA in them. Thus, miscegenation becomes an absolute imperative – or else one is faced with a life of permanent destitution, deprivation, and perhaps even starvation.

        Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Why, it sounds like something right out of the Protocols.

        News flash: Yes, my fellow White European Americans. Our enemy really is that evil.

        • Tucker

          P.S. to my previous comment. Remember what Sarkozy told the White French people? He told them that they would either voluntarily race mix and destroy their French genes by intermarrying with Black Muslims from Africa, or the French government might consider adopting laws that would force them to miscegenate.

          Still think my hunch about what the Cultural Marxists might be up to is too far fetched to believe?

        • I’m rather proud/happy that I have no “minor” blood in my family history. We trace our ancestors to Great Britain and that’s a good thing. However some of my family have broken that line.
          I have no idea why someone would brag about their 1/30th % blood is Chicanery Indian. It makes no sense at all to me.

  • Quoting documents from city files, Ms. Kobee wrote that plaintiff Mike
    J. Sharp suffered from his “admission to a long history of illicit drug
    use and dealing–’between 1996 and 2004 he smoked marijuana between 800
    and 1,000 times and assisted in arranging drug deals,’ ” which “rendered
    him less desirable” as a recruit.

    “Less desirable.” Duh. Dealing is a felony in almost all instances.

    Mark Funkhouser, the one-ago mayor of Kansas City, actually “went there” and suggested that the KCPD hire people who have adult felony convictions, and said race and the lack of blacks was the reason he proposed that.

    • The__Bobster

      Libtarded Judge Curtin of Buffalo used the same rationale

    • brengunn

      Well, I hope they’re still around when these officers are charged by internal affairs for pocketing bribes or shaking down drug dealers or whatever, because that is the likely outcome of such a plan.

      Isn’t that what they used to do in the wild west? Hire criminals as sheriffs? And we know how those films end, don’t we!

    • Mike Sharp: Police Officer at Penn State University McKeesport

      McKeesport has been a high crime area for the last decade. Lack of viable employment, coupled with low-income housing have made it a hot-bed for drugs and murder. (Wiki)

      You can’t make this stuff up. He is a campus cop at a PSU satellite campus in a crime ridden drug zone.

  • joegoofinoff

    The assault is always on whatever standard is in place. That’s the common denominator when it comes to all minorities, They’re just not up to any realistic standards.

    • Erasmus

      Yup. We’ll never be able to lift the youfs up to real standards so we need to bring everyone else and the standards down to their level.

  • The__Bobster

    Last year the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city on behalf of five black men, seeking to represent a class of around 300 other failed applicants
    __________

    Destroying traditional America for fun and profit.

  • The__Bobster

    Mr. Walczak said the city hired other candidates who admitted stealing from previous employers and who, according to lie detector tests, seemed to be untruthful when denying recent drug use.
    __________

    Then fire those “other candidate” rather than hire more like them. I hate people who deflect.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Mr. Lamb believes the city should help prepare minority and female applicants before they get to the academy.”

    So how in the hell did White Males ever get anything done or accomplish great feats or science and engineering without ANY HELP from any other group? Why do minorities and females need all of this city help if we are all equal?

  • APaige

    Black fail exams and fail to show for exams!

  • GM (Australia)

    Another aspect to all of this must be the Diversities and Minorities themselves. If they join a police force, are they ever considered to be betraying their own people and siding with Whitey? As for the Diversity community it will be great to have a friend in the force to get them off driving charges, drug charges and to turn a blind eye to serious crime and investigations. I am also certain that non-white police will target white drivers for motoring offences as an easy way of a bit of pay-back. In short we should never be placing people of another race in a position of authority over us.

  • libertarian 1234

    “Pittsburgh Defends Effort to Hire Minorities as Police Officers”

    How can they collapse like Detroit, New Orleans, Haiti, Zimbabwe, South Africa, et al, if they don’t dumb down their personnel requirements?

    And if they don’t hire these people whose going to loot all the stores if an emergency comes along, like the police did after Katrina in New Orleans?

  • bigone4u

    People attracted to policing tend to have “issues.” I once knew an Hispanic woman cop who had to be let go because she wrecked way too many police cars. Her mild mannered demeanor hid an aggressive anger that needed treatment. Every criminal defense attorney can tell you horror stories of cops who beat up women motorists, strip search unnecessarily, take bribes, and so forth. Any relaxation of the current standards, which are too low anyways, will be a disaster.

    • MBlanc46

      The expression “gangs with uniforms” is perhaps an exaggeration, but there is a serious grain of truth in it.

    • Drifter745

      As a cop, I take offense to your statements. Are there bad apples in a bunch? Absolutely. But by and large, 99% of officers are great people. We are held to a higher standard than most. While some departments do have some questionable leadership, the vast majority aim to develop a professional and moral organization. The tiniest things are held against you in most departments and after just a few little things, they can and will terminate you for showing a “pattern” of undesirable behavior.

      Watch how you throw those blanket statements around.

      • mrcan

        and now they want to lower the standards! somehow their ‘street wisdom’ will supersede and book learning, integrity, hard work, honesty… the liberals are starting to believe their own fictional narrative.
        all the ‘real’ criminals will be middle aged white guys like in the tv crime dramas
        it gives a new meaning to crazy!

      • Paleoconn

        I think a lot of people resent cops because they spend their time handing out traffic tickets and refereeing domestic disturbances. Or even cracking down on grow ops and small-time dope dealers.

        In other words, not really fighting crime. I believe Sam Francis said it best when he coined the expression anarcho-tyranny.

  • IKantunderstand

    I propose that Whites be allowed to take the tests as surrogates. Everybody ignores that fact, the Black recruit pays the White surrogate for taking the exam and passing. Finally, Whites are allowed to earn some well deserved money. Well deserved in the sense that his ancestors had the good sense to marry another smart White. Have the rest of you noticed that the “sequester” only effects Whites? But, then again, everything Obama does hurts Whites. He absolutely hates us, you know. I believe he’s pissed he is only half White. I am however, pissed that he is one half Black. It might be vice a versa. Don’t care. Our so called government HATES US. Bottom line. We need to hate them back.

    • Bull Connor

      Dittos!! Some of my friends and even family members think I’m misguided and paranoid. I believe BHO, his spouse, atty.gen holder, etal absolutely despise us Whites and their missions are to completely dilute our strength to take away any power we have and demonize us at every turn. Why, oh why, can’t they see the truth?!!

  • Eric Shun

    Uh oh. I’ve I owned a house in Pittsburgh, I’d put it up for sale now, and start looking for a job in a more hospitable city.

    • Tim

      Nanty-Glo Pa. “Coal Town USA”

  • No matter what those people attempt to do they will fail. Our God has decreed that we will always be a nation and, in due time, he makes the promise that all will be settled and people will return to their lands. It’s not clear if this applies to every single person but as a whole it will happen and this is especially true of the lawless, which applies across the board for all evil people.
    Jer 31:35Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:

    36If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

    37Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Why pretend to have standards? Why bother with pretense of “screening” and “testing”? Just hold a lottery like they do for section 8 housing. The winners get to be cops.

  • Whirlwinder

    So, Pittsburg is going the way of Detroit, Birmingham, Atlanta, et al.

  • Paleoconn

    Pittsburgh is one of those liberal towns that is thriving, because it has not (yet) fallen under black government. If they continue things like this, they will follow Detroit down the shitter.