Baltimore County Sued Over Alleged Racial Bias In Police Hiring

August 28, 2019
A federal lawsuit claims Baltimore County used discriminatory practices to hire police.

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Baltimore County is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly using discriminatory practices when hiring police officers.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued the lawsuit on Tuesday citing a violation of Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"BCPD has engaged in unintended employment discrimination against African American applicants for entry-level police officer and cadet positions by making hiring decisions based on the results of hiring examinations that were not job-related and that disproportionately excluded African American applicants," DOJ wrote in a release.

Written exams tested potential employees on skills such as reading, grammar logic, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The department has maintained no longer uses the exam.

“A law enforcement agency should look like the community it serves,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement. “As I have said repeatedly since taking office, I am committed to increasing diversity in the county’s Police Department.”

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