The ABC affilate in Dayton, Ohio carries this story:
The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.
It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.
Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the DOJ rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test. Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.
The DOJ approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That's the equivalent of an 'F' and a 'D'.
The DOJ and Civil Service Board declined Dayton's News Source's repeat requests for interviews.
How's that? President Obama's "Hope and Change" administration is stonewalling questions about why police hiring is now to be geared toward tossing goodies to a reliable Democatic constituency instead of signing up the best qualified applicants?
And am I remembering this wrong, or isn't it DOJ itself that's beating the drum for "smart policing?"
I said in an earlier entry that I'd been having trouble figuring out what "smart policing" means. Now I know. It means dumber police.