Robert Jordan wanted to become a police officer. He applied to the New London, Connecticut police force. They administered an I.Q. test to Mr. Jordan. Based on the score of his I.Q. test, the police force denied his application. So far, so good, right? The problem being that he didn’t score too low. He scored too high. Yes, you heard me correctly. He’s too smart to be a cop (despite wanting to be one).
Mr. Jordan filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination. The court ruled that the police force is within their rights to only accept stupid people so long as the test is applied equally to all races and genders. I can accept that it isn’t discrimination under the guidelines of current law, but… WTF?!? What possible reason could the city have for refusing to let smart people be cops?
footnote: It’s curious that this comes out in the July 20 NYT with a small note under the headline that says “published September 9, 1999”. Slow news day?