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Old 06-16-2013, 05:37 PM
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Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

“This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”

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He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.

But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.

This is outrageous to descrimate!

Why are they descriminating if someone smart wants to be a cop? What's wrong with that?
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:43 PM
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Wow, that is just wrong.

This story is from the year 2000. Any updates on this guy?
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This story is from the year 2000. Any updates on this guy?
Seems like this story was revamped as today from the liberty Crier, I just took the source link without paying attention to the date.


But I guess it doesn't change the fundamental, that high IQ are descriminated to be a cop.

I don't get that and for me it is wrong to descrimate for any reason anyway.
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Good thing I retired before that took effect....

Some of the folks I worked with wouldn't have to worry....)
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:12 AM
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Just because someone has a high IQ, it does not necessarily follow that they will leave a particular line of work.
That is no excuse to discriminate against them.

And, what is wrong with smart cops?
Cops are charged with the responsibility of keeping society safe.
If some really smart people want that responsibility, I say it's for the better. Let them be cops.
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