Pittsburgh says nearly 18% of its new police academy class are minorities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – In announcing Tuesday its largest police academy class since the mid-1990s, Pittsburgh touted another fact about its 62 new recruits: 18 percent of them are minorities. Following the settlement in May of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that alleged a “long-standing pattern and practice of racial discrimination … against African-Americans in the screening and hiring of applicants,” the city has been working to diversify its overwhelmingly white policing ranks. The minority composition of the new class is better than the one assembled in February 2015, when the 35-member group had three minorities. But it is not as good as the most recent class from August, when of the 40 cadets, 11, or 27.5 percent, were minorities.

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