The "Northern Muckraker" has alerted me to yet another embarassing episode from New London, Connecticut, home of the "Kelo" case and ensuing eminent domain debacle (costing the taxpayers millions, but no new jobs). Evidently, their police department has some of the same high standards as their "urban redevelopment" department, and actually prohibits the police department from even interviewing individuals who score too well on an intelligence test.
Worse yet, a court upheld these bizaare hiring standards, claiming that a set of standards designed to discriminate against the intelligent did not in fact discriminate. Apparently the hiring standards for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are (amazing coincidence) identical to those of the New London Police Department.
How all of this benefits the taxpayer is beyond me. Apparently in the minds of this department, it's actually a liability to have the problem solving ability of a "Sherlock Holmes". Or maybe, more realistically, highly intelligent officers have the nasty habit of figuring out that higher-ups really don't have a clue about the job they claim to be doing.
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