Pittsburgh: Bias hiring plaintiffs not qualified

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Pittsburgh say the American Civil Liberties Union’s class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination against blacks in police hiring should be dismissed because the five named plaintiffs aren’t qualified.

According to the motion filed in federal court, one plaintiff had three arrest warrants for failing to respond to citations and an irregular employment history and at least nine driving citations. Another black candidate acknowledged smoking marijuana hundreds of times and arranging drug deals from 1996 to 2004 which the city says “rendered him less desirable” than other candidates.

The ACLU sued in August claiming of only 14 of 368 offices hired since 2001 have been black.

The ACLU says that means 3.8 percent of new officers have been black in a city whose population is 26 percent black.

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