The Therapy Sessions
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Swimming black copsJoe Kelley's The Sake Of Argument:
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. -- The North Miami police department dropped a swimming requirement for applicants, saying they need new officers and want to encourage blacks to sign up.
North Miami police say they are dropping the requirement for a year. They say few departments require swimming and their officers rarely save people in water.
Officials also believe the requirement discourages African-Americans and Haitian Americans from applying. The issue surfaced a year ago when a Haitian-American city councilman asked police to drop the requirement because he said blacks historically can't swim.
FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT:
How about we just broadcast to all the North Miami bad guys that if you’re being chased on foot by a black police officer, you should just jump into one of the many canals and ponds and swim across to the other side?
I agree. This is ridiculous.