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Ex-Pa. trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics
Associated Press ^ | 12/05/2012 | JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ebonics
Hoo Boy.


1 posted on 12/05/2012 1:57:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 2:01:33 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Responsibility2nd

So he was terminated because he’s too stupid to do the job? What’s the problem?


3 posted on 12/05/2012 2:02:28 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: Responsibility2nd

“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?


4 posted on 12/05/2012 2:06:16 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Responsibility2nd

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


5 posted on 12/05/2012 2:06:34 PM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Police paperwork requires using real words...

what a shocker!

6 posted on 12/05/2012 2:09:24 PM PST by MamaTexan (It is impossible to follow the Original Intent of the Constitution and NOT acknowledge secession)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Peake was required to sign a termination letter...

I bet their first clue was him signing it with an "X".
7 posted on 12/05/2012 2:09:45 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: pepsionice

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.


8 posted on 12/05/2012 2:21:36 PM PST by bagman
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To: Responsibility2nd

His reports put the shizzle in the nizzle.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 2:22:18 PM PST by Disambiguator (America chose...poorly.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Peake peaked.

Next.


10 posted on 12/05/2012 2:23:55 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: LouAvul
So he was terminated because he’s too stupid to do the job? What’s the problem?

He a protected minority.

11 posted on 12/05/2012 2:25:21 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Plaintiff was judge by different and more harsh standards than other probationary troopers, because of his race,"

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.

12 posted on 12/05/2012 2:31:09 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty
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.

13 posted on 12/05/2012 2:46:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
he be stooopid and sh!t...
14 posted on 12/05/2012 2:48:23 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"The last bit of time in his employment, he had been restricted to desk work," he said. "How is that giving him an opportunity to perform his job?"

First he complains that he didn’t 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.

15 posted on 12/05/2012 2:49:59 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: bagman

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.


16 posted on 12/05/2012 2:52:40 PM PST by SargeK
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To: Boogieman
“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?

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".

17 posted on 12/05/2012 2:53:33 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You rang?
Effectively, not affectively.


18 posted on 12/05/2012 2:54:25 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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!


19 posted on 12/05/2012 2:55:31 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Responsibility2nd
Somewhere a spelling nazi is being drawn to your reply.

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Is it a spelling issue? The word in question was spelled correctly, but used incorrectly.

20 posted on 12/05/2012 2:56:10 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Apparatchik

“I bet their first clue was him signing it with an “X”. “

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Good one !


21 posted on 12/05/2012 2:57:05 PM PST by Mears
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To: Responsibility2nd

sounds like a good reason


22 posted on 12/05/2012 2:57:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Okay

I hate affect and effect

affect is a verb

effect is a noun

Fo’ shizzle


23 posted on 12/05/2012 2:57:56 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: kabumpo

Exactly right.


24 posted on 12/05/2012 2:59:18 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; trisham; KosmicKitty
Affectively
25 posted on 12/05/2012 3:02:25 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: KosmicKitty

Affect is also a noun. Mostly used in psychology.


26 posted on 12/05/2012 3:11:19 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: PapaBear3625

Ah, so, in other words, it could have been extortion, under color of authority.


27 posted on 12/05/2012 3:21:40 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Hoodat
Speaking Affectively
28 posted on 12/05/2012 3:24:21 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Responsibility2nd
Seems to me his complaint should be against the education system that allowed him to graduate or receive a GED without having the basic skills of proper English, reading and writing. All written statements, reports, etc., prepared by law enforcement officials can at any time be subpoenaed, and introduced as evidence in a court of law. That's why it's important that they be written legibly, make sense, and are factual.

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.

29 posted on 12/05/2012 3:25:40 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: KosmicKitty
"Affect" and "effect", as written, can both be verbs or nouns.

The distinction is not syntactical but lexical.

30 posted on 12/05/2012 3:36:30 PM PST by wideawake
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To: PapaBear3625

He would have resigned except he couldn’t spell it.


31 posted on 12/05/2012 3:47:28 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Hoodat

“Affectively” is exactly how libs would PREFER cops to do their work (Unless, of course, they are dealing with conservatives;)


32 posted on 12/05/2012 3:53:27 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: MamaTexan

Do you mean his customers complained that he was handing out tickets in “rap music”.


33 posted on 12/05/2012 3:54:54 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: LouAvul

Give him a break. He’s one of the “Village People”.


34 posted on 12/05/2012 3:56:37 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: KosmicKitty

That be the lawyer, not the reporter. The quote is lifted from the complaint.


35 posted on 12/05/2012 3:57:28 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
"Plaintiff was judge by different and more harsh standards"

"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....

36 posted on 12/05/2012 4:14:23 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: Responsibility2nd
He claims he was fired for being black. He's wrong. He was hired for being black. He was fired for being stupid. I didn't know that was still legal.

Probably isn't.

37 posted on 12/05/2012 4:21:13 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


38 posted on 12/05/2012 4:25:29 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: KosmicKitty

In addition, there is no reason for the comma before “because” in that sentence.


39 posted on 12/05/2012 4:25:40 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
HR Manager: “Trooper Peake, you are being asked to resign.”

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.”

40 posted on 12/05/2012 4:38:55 PM PST by Tahoe3002
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


41 posted on 12/05/2012 4:50:02 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

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.


42 posted on 12/05/2012 4:53:57 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


43 posted on 12/05/2012 5:00:31 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: Newbomb Turk

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.


44 posted on 12/05/2012 5:27:53 PM PST by Venturer
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To: wideawake

now you’re using terms beyond my level of comprehension :-)


45 posted on 12/05/2012 7:15:29 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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