Skip to comments.Ex-Pa. trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics
Posted on 12/05/2012 1:57:11 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
PITTSBURGH (AP) A black man contends he was fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a state trooper for false claims that he didn't properly write reports, and sometimes used Ebonics in doing so, according to a federal lawsuit.
The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of William Peake, 29, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends employs nearly all white troopers.
Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a "lack of solid job knowledge and basic police skills" and other "officer/public safety concerns" not spelled out in that letter in November 2010. According to the lawsuit, the reasons for Peake's firing have "no substantial basis in fact, and are not worthy of belief."
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When you consider that thirty percent of all cops are ‘wannabe’ cops with no real skills....it’s best that we make them leave via any method possible....rather than keeping them on the force.
So he was terminated because he’s too stupid to do the job? What’s the problem?
“Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a “lack of solid job knowledge and basic police skills” and other “officer/public safety concerns” not spelled out in that letter in November 2010.”
Required to sign? Or what? Were they going to taze him until he complied, like the pregnant woman that didn’t want to sign her ticket?
Having worked with many Detroit based professionals, I’ve received countless written correspondence from them.. All (mostly well prepared and grammatically correct) However speaking to them is an excercise in discerning Ebonics. I’m can live with that as I deal with hundreds of emails per day and maybe 2-3 phone calls.
There is a professionalism that must be upheld in written correspondence
what a shocker!
The Pennsylvania State Police Academy is rather rigorous (at least physically) and lasts about 25 weeks, depending on the session.
I don’t think that a lot of ‘wannabe’ cops are going stick through it for that long.
His reports put the shizzle in the nizzle.
He a protected minority.
Is the reporter who wrote this article attempting to speak Ebonics too,?
Maybe both should go back to school and learn proper English so they can communicate affectively.
Somewhere a spelling nazi is being drawn to your reply.
First he complains that he didnt get any coaching or mentoring then he complains that he was put on a desk job.
If he was fired as he says for not filling in reports correctly and using improper language this was exactly the type of work he needed to do to improve his written communications skills. Desk work where he could improve his writing skills.
Guaranteed the staff at Hershey knew he was useless and needed to be terminated. He’s a Bolden plaintiff (or would be under the old consent decree) and a ‘preferred’ demographic. It seems that the policy has been to graduate them and let the field commands do the dirty work of firing them so that the academy isn’t constantly in court.
It sucks and drags the whole Department down and especially the minorities who really work and try.
Possibly something like: "you can resign with the reason being something innocuous, or we can do a full investigation which may lead to charges against you, your choice".
Effectively, not affectively.
Lets see a Black Man fired for being too write a proper report or do his duties as an officer. Meet Obama’s pick for Atty. General if Holder steps down!
Is it a spelling issue? The word in question was spelled correctly, but used incorrectly.
“I bet their first clue was him signing it with an “X”. “
Good one !
sounds like a good reason
I hate affect and effect
affect is a verb
effect is a noun
Affect is also a noun. Mostly used in psychology.
Ah, so, in other words, it could have been extortion, under color of authority.
I live in New York State, and can remember several years ago, when the State was offering minorities remedial reading classes at CUNY, for those interested in taking the Civil Service exam to become a State Trooper. The State was having problems finding enough minorities that could get a passing score on the exam.
The distinction is not syntactical but lexical.
He would have resigned except he couldn’t spell it.
“Affectively” is exactly how libs would PREFER cops to do their work (Unless, of course, they are dealing with conservatives;)
Do you mean his customers complained that he was handing out tickets in “rap music”.
Give him a break. He’s one of the “Village People”.
That be the lawyer, not the reporter. The quote is lifted from the complaint.
"That be the lawyer, not the reporter. The quote is lifted from the complaint"
LOL! How unintentionally hilarious. I think I'd hire another attorney....
Years ago, I was introduced to diversity. I had a boss who spoke and wrote in ebonics. It drove me nuts. I’d have to read papers multiple times to understand exactly what he meant. He’d say “pepper treater” instead of “perpetrator” and was easily confused with non-ebonic words such as “cistern” to which he had to ask what the sister had to do with getting water. He must have skipped several steps in the Peter Principal. A change of divisions brought a new muslim boss who announced on the first day he didn’t like me. Say what? That was back before I knew about muslim men hating left handed white women and especially those who knew more than them. A client had given me some watermelons so I tried to make peace by giving him one only to have him jump backwards out of my office like I had shoved a snake in his face. He hollered and wouldn’t touch it. How these stupid evil morons get hired, much less get promoted, is mind boggling.
In addition, there is no reason for the comma before “because” in that sentence.
Trooper Peake: “You are firing me because I am BLACK!”
HR Manager: “No Trooper Peake. We HIRED you because you are BLACK. We are firing you because you are INCOMPETENT.”
I was once arrested and taken to jail over a minor traffic infraction, by a frustrated ebonics-speaking Kentucky state trooper, because I couldn’t understand what he was trying to tell me. It was a traumatic experience.
Lol. My grandmother once had a cleaning woman who would at times speak to me in the thickest of Southern Black. This was many years ago. Whenever my grandmother caught her she would say: Stella, speak English! Amazing how quickly Stella’s diction improved.
Says he was fired because he’s Black.
Was probably hired for the same exact reason. Minority quota hire.
We are witnessing the de-evolution of mankind here in the USA. The current generation cant reason critically, speak the language of business professionals and just wants to smoke weed and play video games.
And they want me to pay for it.
Anyone here want to make a bet on the outcome of this suit.?
Everything said and done in the case is irrelevant.
He WILL be hired back
He WILL get back pay
He WILL be passed up the ladder because no supervisor will want to go to court next time he sues.
I have seen all of this before. I can practically guarantee the results of this case.
Been there, Done that.
now you’re using terms beyond my level of comprehension :-)