‘Whole Picture’ to Be Weighed in Seattle Police Hiring

Steve Miletich, Seattle Times, May 6, 2013

Past gang membership, tattoos and a record of driving while intoxicated will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in screening applicants for the Seattle Police Department under new policies designed to boost diversity on the force and hire officers who reflect the makeup of the community.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to smooth out those bumps in the road,” Assistant Police Chief Dick Reed said at a news conference Monday at the social-justice organization El Centro de la Raza as the city unveiled changes in minimum hiring standards.

Mayor Mike McGinn said the new approach grew out of the city’s “20/20” police-reform plan adopted last year, calling for 20 initiatives over 20 months, and is designed to lift technicalities in the hiring process.

The reform plan was adopted last year after a U.S. Department of Justice finding that Seattle’s police officers have too often resorted to excessive force and displayed troubling, if inconclusive, evidence of biased policing. The city later entered into a settlement agreement with the Justice Department to address the issues.

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One goal is to attract applicants through community-based organizations such as El Centro, the Atlantic Street Center and Filipino Community of Seattle, along with career-promotion efforts in Seattle’s community colleges.

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Felony and domestic-violence convictions will continue to be automatic disqualifiers, Reed said.

But misdemeanor convictions and past misconduct will be evaluated on an individual basis under background checks that, overall, will examine challenges which applicants might have faced, lessons they have learned and changes they have made in their lives.

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In addition, the marijuana-use policy has been revised to require that new hires have not used pot in the past year rather than fewer than 25 times overall.

The department also is eliminating some language regarding applicants’ driving records that might have disqualified some.

Visible tattoos already are allowed for officers working on the force, and confusing language in application papers regarding their acceptance has been removed, Reed said. Tattoos will now be reviewed case by case, along with marks from deliberate scarifying, and the department will eliminate a policy restricting dental ornamentation.

Recent statistics show the Police Department has 86 percent male officers, compared with a Seattle population 50 percent female; 75.3 percent white officers compared with a 69.5 percent white population; 8.6 African-American officers compared with 8.0 percent; 5.1 Hispanic officers compared with 6.6 percent; 8.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander officers compared with 14.2 percent; and 2.3 percent Native-American officers compared with 0.8 percent.

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  • Hirschibold

    Q:What goes “Fee Fie Foe, Fee Foe”?

    A: An officer with “dental ornamentation” giving his badge number to the dispatcher

    • MikeS

      Q: What goes “Huh?”

      A: Every black that ever existed.

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  • Hey, wasn’t this the city where the sissy white yuppie got knocked unconscious, on video, while his pockets were emptied by a black thug while the cuckold was napping on the cold concrete?

    • sbuffalonative

      Let’s not forget the Mardi Gras murder of Kris Keme (which wasn’t racially motivated):

      Seattle Mardi Gras “Riots” (by “teens” and “youths”)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Mardi_Gras_Riots

    • smells_just_like

      Today’s Dangerous Diversity Encounter Give Frightening Look into What’s Next

      Have you ever dealt with a service Diversity when you placed your fast food order in a location serving lots of White customers and felt uncomfortable for how closely you were being studied by the Civil Rights Affirmative Action help?

      What’s up with that?

      Why can’t just the food order be the topic of interest, instead of me? Why do I need to be studied with cold suspicious eyes just because I’m White and can afford to eat? I felt that if I made one wrong move or didn’t show respect to the voodoo, I’d suffer somehow. Did she tag my order for special treatment, i.e. spit in Whitey’s food in honor of Jesse Jackson?

      Blacks are so hyper sensitive about White privilege that they can’t stop from
      investigating us for racist traits upon every encounter.

      I felt that she was taking mental notes to write down later and submit electronically to somebody who would review the surveillance video and match the Diversity’s “troubling concerns” with my body language. I then could be flagged in the system and will be tracked and monitored everywhere I go. Facial recognition software, combined with cell phone GPS tracking, as well as immediate credit card/debit card transactions allows the Social Justice Activists in the DOJ to open a file on each of us and find “proof” of our racism based on our “micro aggressive behavior” toward sacred Diversity.

      Just like they can look at your FedGov database called Facebook for “shameful and regressive lack of Diverse friends,” they can track you through recorded video feeds everywhere you go. The software can tell them when to send a Deep Therapy Anti Racism Response Team for “immediate intervention against virulent insensitivity”.

      Since blacks are trained to be hyper vigilant about “racist micro aggression,” shouldn’t you also get training? If your enemies know a battle tactic that you’ve never heard of, they have the upper hand and will get the jump on you when you need to get the jump on them. Timing matters.

      My White privilege tells me to feel endangered, and so should yours.

      Search for:

      Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life | Psychology Today

      Unmasking ‘racial micro aggressions’: Some racism is so subtle that …

      Examples of Racial Microaggressions – Consensus Project

      Microaggressions : Power, privilege and everyday life.

      • ronald mcdonald obama

        i stopped going to mcdonalds and all fast food 15 years ago i will not have any black handle my food

        • me

          “Handle” your food? How much you wanna bet that they’re not in the kitchen spitting on it?

          • Even if the blacks and browns aren’t spitting in your food, the chances that they washed their hands after last using the restroom are slim to none. Who really wants hepatitis?

            There’s also food storage. Do Juan and Jamal know what temperatures are allowable for storing even cheese and cooked meat? I wouldn’t bet on it!

        • Erasmus

          I also don’t want my food handled by latinos. NEVER eat at one of those taco trucks. Cheap labor isn’t cheap.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cysticercosis

    • Hirschibold

      White men are in a double-bind re: the “Alpha” status game. Hispanics are encouraged to macho and chauvinist. Black men are encouraged to be hyper-masculine thugs, but white men are required to display a nuanced set of behaviors that prove a near-impossible tightrope walk. Don’t be “beta,” but if you display aggression (even in self-defense sometimes) against a protected minority, you will get branded as a “racist” and that is a taboo that will get you rendered a pariah. But also if you are too PC you will be perceived as weak by the same women who can withhold or confer the status in this game.

      I watched boxing match between the Russian Alexander Povetkin and Haseem Rahman with a young lady, and she made me turn it off, because Povetkin was pounding Rahman, and she thought it seemed “racist” for a white man to beat up a black man, even in the context of defending himself, under Queensbury rules. Conversely, if the racist Muslim Rahman had thrashed Povetkin to death I’m sure that would have been fine.

      Speaking of Rahman: Hasim, I thought you would “never let a ‘white boy'” beat you?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btVVErYcVm0

      • brengunn

        and she made me turn it off, because Povetkin was pounding Rahman, and
        she thought it seemed “racist” for a white man to beat up a black man

        Get rid of her. Despite her ridiculous political views, she sounds dumber than a box of rocks.

        • PesachPatriot

          Good advice…this wasn’t a klan lynching…mr. rahman I’m sure was very well compensated for his time in the ring and had probably beaten on his fair share of white and hispanic boxers. Every professional boxer or MMA fighter knows that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose….

        • me

          Too true!

      • me

        Better ‘racist’ than dead.

      • Erasmus

        White men are in a double-bind re: the “Alpha” status game. Hispanics are encouraged to macho and chauvinist. Black men are encouraged to be hyper-masculine thugs, but white men are required to display a nuanced set of behaviors that prove a near-impossible tightrope walk.

        I no longer give a chit about what our “elites” think. Once upon a time what they approved of mattered to me. Now, I realize that most, knowingly or unknowingly, are as dishonest as a used car salesman. I do what’s for my benefit, for my family’s benefit and for my community’s benefit.

        I am now a LOT less sensitive about others outside my own group. Having seen how criminality has been made the law of the land, I see this is become the way to survive.

    • seapeaMP

      I hate to piss all over your little anti-White tirade but the victim was Oriental. That detail seems to have been washed out since the story first broke.

    • RileyDeWiley

      Victim was Asian. Yes, that happened in Seattle.

  • MikeS

    The Seattle police force should just start putting badges in the 50 piece KFC meal deal. That way they’re sure to get all the diversity they can handle plus they can use the “bucket” as the application form.

    • Bandmo

      This was done in Cleveland Ohio, that worked out just fine didn’t it?

    • Some Guy

      Or turn the mouth bling into the badge, number and all. “Smile to show your badge” the new traning video.

      • MikeS

        I like it!

      • MikeS

        I like it! They can solve two problems at once. If they smile, they can show their badge and themselves at the same time.

  • Oil Can Harry

    So now “former” gangbangers will be allowed to join the police force?

    Sounds like the novel A Clockwork Orange is becoming reality.

    • The best way to describe “A Clockwork Orange” to the black community is tell them that it is exactly the same story in “Tales From the Hood” when Della Reese had that gangbanger strapped to the spinning table.

    • me

      No, no! You’re thinking of a George Orwell novel….’1984′. Or, maybe ‘Animal Farm’. Perhaps it was William Golding’s ‘Lord Of The Flies’. Or, perhaps Shaka,
      King of the Zulus by Diane Stanley….

  • smells_just_like

    Remember Eugenia Calle? She was killed by a Diversity with tattoos on his hands. She didn’t want him to “think we don’t trust him”.

    I saw a Diversity today with tattoos on his hands, and in memory of Dr. Calle, I embraced my inner White privilege and agreed with its command that “under the circumstances, racism really is the best option.”

  • The__Bobster

    We’re trying to do everything we can to smooth out those bumps in the road…

    __________

    So a criminal record and drunken driving are mere bumps in the road? Well, those bumps are there for a reason and if a m oolie can’t keep his nose clean, he shouldn’t be on the force.

    • me

      Lowered expectations for Bantus….even though they’re our ‘equals’. Nothing new here….

  • The reason PDs have been really leery of hiring people with misdemeanor convictions is that in many cases, a misdemeanor conviction on the official rap sheet is a proxy for the person actually having committed a felony. It’s just that the felony arrest may not have resulted in felony charges, or that felony charges were pled down and out to an official misdemeanor.

  • The__Bobster

    …social-justice organization El Centro de la Raza
    ____________

    What the hell are those Reconquistas doing in Seattle and why is the police dept. even listening to them?

    • Puggg

      I think it’s because Mexico once had a theoretical claim over what would become Washington State.

      • me

        Don’t forget Canada and the North Pole….

    • RileyDeWiley

      The SPD is under investigation by the Justice Department, which alleges excessive use of force.

      As far as I can tell, the SPD is one of the mellower big city cop-shops. I’ve never had a problem with them, and I have never met anyone who has had a problem. There have been a few use-of-force incidents in recent years (one of them a fatal shooting) but the department has acted quickly to discipline and even criminally charge the officers involved.

      I bet it all goes away when appoint a black Chief of Police. Bet you anything.

    • Greg Thomas

      The reconquista la razas are everywhere now. They continue to grow like a cancer. Welcome to mexico.

    • me

      Marxism.

  • The__Bobster

    Recent statistics show the Police Department has 86 percent male officers, compared with a Seattle population 50 percent female; 75.3 percent white officers compared with a 69.5 percent white population; 8.6 African-American officers compared with 8.0 percent; 5.1 Hispanic officers compared with 6.6 percent; 8.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander officers compared with 14.2 percent; and 2.3 percent Native-American officers compared with 0.8 percent.
    __________

    What’s the problem here? Not enough Tiger Moms on the force?

    • Triarius

      Exactly. Not to be a misogynist, but do women even want a police force that is 50% women? I do not even know women that want to work in an 80%< male office work space. I hope Sea/Tac gets an influx of a few million blacks. Nothing will help that area. No different than Portland, Frisco, Milwaukee, etc.

      • me

        Kind of like the insanity of putting women in the front lines during war….Marxist ideas are dangerous things.

        • Tim

          I`ve seen pictures of some pretty mean Slovak type ladies with sub machine guns. When extermination is the end game all bets are off!…

  • joegoofinoff

    It’s as if the entire country is constantly high on drugs. It’s as if people lead their lives thinking 2+2= 73.478 and can’t figure out how everything they attempt turns out loused up. I have no idea how we got so absolutely crazy in our thinking.

    • me

      It’s not drugs, it’s Marxism. If it were drugs, it would harken back to the 1960s, when the damned ‘Baby Boomers’ started driving the nail into the coffin of our once-glorious European American country….and we could have them arrested for it.

  • PerfectForm

    Having “dental ornaments” should disqualify you from every occupation there is outside of a prison. You’ve pretty much put all your chips in on the idea that you’ll become a well paid rapper or a well paid drug dealer.

    • jambi19

      As a former high school teacher I realized the “yoofs” wear gold teeth for intimidation. It’s not “their culture” it’s not “class symbol” it’s meant to intimidate.

      • PesachPatriot

        Its probably the most sensible investment most will make in their short lives. I got plenty of grill stares when I worked in the hood….No amount of gold in your mouth can fill the emotional void of not having a father around. It never intimidated me….now if I saw teardrops tattooed under eyelids i got a little nervous. A lot of them were more scared of me because they thought a non-black pretty white looking person had to be insane to work in their neighborhood….certain musical selections helped as well.

    • Erasmus

      How soon are we going to see more Koreans, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese on the basketball court? Why should be police departments, med schools and law schools be forcibly diversified but not professional sports teams?

  • bigone4u

    I have a pet chimp who qualifies under the new liberal rules to be a Seatlle cop. Do the rules say that only homo sapiens are eligible for hiring? I think I’ll file a lawsuit on behalf of my simian friend.

    • MikeS

      Make sure you say that your pet chimp was also a farmer. Maybe they’ll give you some additional cash out of the “pigford” account.

      • me

        LOL!

  • anarchyst

    No white males need apply . . .

  • I actually don’t mind this at all, provided black “police” with criminal priors, tattoos on their necks, and gold “teef” grilles are no longer allowed to arrest or otherwise bother non-blacks.

    • Jane Johnson

      Word’s coming in from Seattle
      Where gangstas sit tall in the saddle
      Dat wif golds on yo teef
      You still can make Chief
      And yo posse can round up white cattle

  • RHG

    Say hello to officer Li’l Jon

    • me

      “Yeeeah! HoooKay! Whutt?”

  • LHathaway

    They’ve achieved perfect racial diversity. If you overlook the fact the average age of blacks and latino’s is closer to 18 years old, not even old enough to work- and their population among the work-force is much lower than 8% and 6.6%.

  • guest

    I think you’re all being very racist. All of the violent criminals in Seattle are white. The “good cops” are black. Every white officer has a black sidekick who protects him from the white criminals. It has to be true. I saw it on “Frasier”.

    • me

      They had that on Frasier?! Must have missed that episode….

  • uncle tom

    dental ornamentation…… translation….”shorty got that gold toof display in his grill. i know thats right.”

    • me

      Can you imagine being pulled over by a speech-impairing ghetto-grilled ‘cop’, barking Ebonics at you, as you try to understand what the hell he or she is talking about? I see tragedy in your future, White Seattleites…

  • IKantunderstand

    Why don’t they make it real simple? 100% dumb ass liberal population. 100% dumb ass cops.

  • Instead of always striving to become better we settle with less. Is there any question were this will lead America? We are becoming a weaker nation and it’s really sad to watch. Diversity is destroying America and we are celebrating it.

    • Erasmus

      One day soon the hideous dishonesty of “Celebrate Diversity!” will take its place beside that of “Arbeit macht frei.”

  • Hunter Morrow

    “We need officers who can really grill a suspect!”

    NOT THAT TYPE OF GRILL!

  • Joe WEbb

    besides the whites of their eyes, we now got reflective teeth to guide our night vision. Joe

  • Jefferson

    So the only way to increase racial diversity in the Seattle police department is by hiring people with a past criminal record.

    If I were a Mestizo or a Black person, I would be extremely offended by this.