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To Protect and Serve

Robert Jordan sued the New Haven, Conn., police department after it rejected him as a police officer because he scored too high on an intelligence test. But U.S. District Judge Peter C. Dorsey has dismissed Jordan’s suit, ruling that he “may have been disqualified unwisely, but he was not denied equal protection” as defined by law. Jordan’s I.Q. is approximately 125, versus a national average police officer I.Q. of 104. New Haven argued that a too-smart cop “could soon get bored with police work and quit after undergoing costly academy training.” (RC/AP) ...More likely, the brass realized he’d outrank them within two years.
Author’s Note: See “Flat Foot, Fat Head” in Volume 3 for a previous story about Mr. Jordan.
Original Publication Date: 19 September 1999
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 6.
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