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Baltimore Pays $2M Settlement Claiming Police Discriminated Against Black Applicants

The Baltimore County Police Department will pay a multi-million-dollar settlement to the U.S. Justice Department following allegations that the county’s hiring practices discriminated against African-American applicants.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the lawsuit was filed late last summer.

In the suit, Justice Department attorneys claimed that the Baltimore Police Department required all potential hires to complete a written examination. Black applicants failed the examination at higher rates than their White counterparts, leading to demographic discrepancies in the department’s composition.

While the lawsuit did not take note of the percentages of “passes” and “fails,” the federal government said the difference was “statistically significant.”

Read the source article at Legal News, Analysis, & Commentary

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