Monday, January 30, 2023

If You Hire Unqualified Officers In The Name Of Diversity, Don't Be Suprised With The Result That Is Diverse From The Acceptable

In the killing of Tyre Nicols by 5 Black Officers of the Memphis Police Department, it's beginning to look like a progressive wish for diversity over all the things led to unqualified (but diverse!) officers being on the street.

Daily Headlines Live: Police Charged with Murder of Tyre Nichols: Cops are Hired after Job Requirements Are Lowered

“According to a source within the Memphis PD, the 5 charged officers weren’t hired through the usual structured PD hiring process,” Parmar claimed. “City leaders felt the existing process was too strict and kept certain people from getting jobs at the department. City leaders began their own hiring process and then pushed new hires into the agency, bypassing the testing procedures in place at the department. You can read between the lines what that all means.”

“All 5 of the charged officers were hired by the City, and didn’t go through the rigorous PD testing process,”Continued the statement “This is what quota hiring looks like. Lawsuits and dead innocents. The city should pay (sic) the lawsuits instead of the Police department. This Murder wasn’t created by old school policing or by ‘white supremacy’. This murder was directly facilitated by liberal policy.”

In short a quest for diversity, led to less than qualified applicants being hired including the city providing waivers for felons to join the force.

It will be interesting to see if these officer's personnel files ever come to light and to see if they actually did have the standard testing, including psychological testing, performed prior to their hire.

That statement as to lowered standards now has been confirmed as to at least two of the officers, and we may find out that the source was correct as to all 5 bypassing the normal hiring requirements: 

MSN: Memphis cops charged in Tyre Nichols murder hired after PD relaxed job requirements

WFIN: Tyre Nichols death: 2 Memphis officers involved in stop joined department after it lowered hiring standards

When you have low standards in the name of making sure "certain people" get hired, or your desire to just get bodies in uniform, you get low quality applicants working the streets and the potential for tragedy.  

Add the difficulty in getting qualified applicants after the Defund The Police Movement did its thing, couple it with an acceptance for lower standards and even felons wearing a badge, and it's sadly unsurprising that unqualified officers will act in unqualified and unacceptable ways.

This was a pretty clear case where the use of force to stop and secure someone resisting arrest went way, way, way beyond the acceptable level of force permissible to effect an arrest.

The result of progressive fantasies is perhaps the ultimate irony:

A local news report from 2021 praised efforts by the department to recruit more "people of color," due to their purported likelihood to "use force far less frequently than white male officers."

That praise sure didn't age well, as once again for the record, all five officers who beat Tyre Nichols were "people of color".


Old NFO said...

When you hire hoodlums, you get jackboots with a badge... sigh

pigpen51 said...

Are the leaders of these cities really this stupid? I know that is a rhetorical question, but c'mon, how long will the common people continue to allow this kind of stuff to happen?
I know that most people have no choice but to stay in their cities, and keep the same jobs, but no doubt for some, the answer will most likely be to flee from these dangerous cities that continue to see leaders who make such poor decisions, spend money unwisely, and put into place policies that encourage crime and do nothing to provide safety to those who are most vulnerable, the working poor.

juvat said...

That hiring decision is just SO wrong on so many levels. And now someone is dead. The officers may faces some disciplinary action (or may not), but it's a sure bet that the politician(s) that changed the Hiring rules and thereby have at least some responsibility for the death won't.

And, THAT, right there, is what's going wrong in this Country right now!

MrGarabaldi said...

hey Aaron;

I recall reading about this problem and this would be a problem especially in the big cities when the BLM and the "DEFUND THE POLICE" movement forces a lot of the police officers to seek greener pastures of smaller departments even with lower pay and benefits, but knowing that they have the support of the community and know that they can retire with a pension and not a lawsuit and get thrown to the wolves by their dept and the city and lose everything. The end results are that the city will have to bring in bodies with lowered standards and a higher possibility of corruption and violence and of course lawsuit payouts by the city.

glasslass said...

I don't disagree with all being said but why hasn't anyone asked Why? What set them off that night? I assume that these are seasoned police to get on that special detail. But that was an explosion of anger from multiple people. It wasn't that he was driving recklessly that cause that so what was, to use a VP message "what was the root cause".

Aaron said...

Old NFO: Yep, that seems to be the case here.

pigpen51: Yes, yes they can and indeed are that stupid.

juvat: You're absolutely right.

MrGarabaldi: Yep, they certianly went to lower standards both due to less people willing to put up with the environmoent and for social engineering reasons. Certainly dind;t work out well for them.

glasslass: No answer to that yet. We may learn the reason when it gets to trial, or we may very well never be told what the cause was that set them off that night. It could be as simple as they simply could so they simply did it, or there could be something else going on.