A man whose chance to become a police officer was turned down after he was deemed to have to high of an intelligence, after taking a IQ test has lost an appeal in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said to ABC News, “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.
The average intelligence of most police officers have an average IQ of 104 and test around 21-22 on their police examination. Jordan scored a 33 on the same examination and has an IQ of 133. New London Police only interview people who score between 20-27 on these examinations, but not anyone that scores higher. The reason; those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training. Basically they are saying if you are intelligent don’t waste your pursuing law enforcement. Jordan still wanted to be an officer, he alleges he was rejected from becoming an officer because of discrimination. He tried suing the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.
But the U.S District Court did not see it this way and sided with the city saying that the city of New London “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated August 23 the 2nd District Court upheld what the U.S District Court said saying it was a rational way to reduce job turnover. In my opinion if this was a private security company they could do what they want, but since i am being forced at gunpoint for this service then i believe everyone baring proper hiring procedure should be aloud to work as an officer. Because police want people who will obey mindless immoral order they want to avoid the “trouble makers”.
Jordan now works as a prison guard where they dont discriminate against people who are intelligent.