Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

ABC News

A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

“This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”  

He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.

But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.

Jordan has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.

8 thoughts on “Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

  1. “OK recruits, we’ve got to “weed” out a few more of you. What color was George Washington’s white horse? Does the Pope poop in the woods? Is a bear Catholic?

  2. You got it, Millard – we measured the White horse and the Black one – so we could tell them apart?
    I first ran across this in 1993 – it actually startled me – if my information was correct, it [policy] originated in the mid ’80’s [big Cities 1st] – therefore, if you’re a cop now, in a big City, and under the age of 50, it’s a pretty logical conclusion that you can’t understand logical conclusion.

  3. Want to see something funny?
    question a cop with facts you know, and current events you know, and than move on to higher educated wording to get your line of questions to him/her
    watch their eyes glaze over
    I have done this, and its hoot.
    Im not talking about a traffic stop or an just talking about general banter at like a fair, or event where they are..or even if you know of any cops. Push your higher intellect and watch them squirm to try and keep up..its friggen hilarious

  4. Another reason NOT to talk to cops. Talk to your dog. They really like you & their more intelligent.

  5. The truth is they want people dumb enough to follow illegal orders and abuse citizens. If you have the brains to stand up to it they don’t want you. Don’t use your brain, just do what you are told.

  6. “Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.”

    Using a simian scale of course, not one for humans.

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