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SHOCKING VIDEO: Politically Correct Policing? Police Chief Defends His Hiring Decision

Was a deeply unqualified minority put on the force because of politically correct policing?

We’ve had politically correct policing when feminists force police departments to use different standards for male and female candidates. But this story from Canada takes it to a whole new level.

According to CBC News,

Ottawa’s police chief is defending his decision to hire a Somali-Canadian man as a constable despite concerns about both the timing and the new officer’s driving record.

Chief Charles Bordeleau made the decision to hire Mohamed Islam the same day that 37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi, another man from the city’s Somali-Canadian community, was pronounced dead after what witnesses described as a violent confrontation with police.

“I can tell you unequivocally that the decision to hire this officer had nothing to do with Mr. Abdi’s death,” Bordeleau told CBC News Tuesday.

So we are supposed to believe that the civilian background investigator resigned from her job for no real reason?

However, according to excerpts from a civilian background investigator’s resignation letter published by Postmedia, the officer was hired for “political reasons” and his multiple convictions under the Highway Traffic Act, inconsistencies in his application, and previous negative interactions with police while being pulled over made him “unsuitable” for police work.

The police chief also said that the public was supposed to be kept ignorant about this man given law-enforcement authority in their community. He was “extremely concerned and disappointed” that the background information had been given to the media. If Islam had not been named by the chief, I would agree. But once it was announced that he would be hired the public has a right to know that information.

It turns out that the police chief cannot hire people on his own. Islam must go before a Board that considers his qualifications. The announcement may have been a purely empty gesture. The chief may have expected the Board to turn him down after the controversy had settled over the death.

But the resignation letter brought it all out into the open.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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