Feds End Probe Into BG Police Minority Hiring

Posted at 10:28 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 11:28:20-04

The U.S. Justice Department has told city officials in Bowling Green, Kentucky, it has ended its investigation into minority hiring practices at the city's police department.

News outlets reported Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said at a news conference Tuesday the investigation's closing indicated federal officials found nothing out of the ordinary.

The Justice Department began examining the police department's hiring practices last summer, since just 5.3 percent of police personnel were black in a city with a 13.9 percent black population.

Wilkerson said the investigation spurred the city to have a police force that's more representative of the community. Wilkerson said Bowling Green is no long using a specific written test the city's analysis showed was disqualifying a disproportionately high number of minority candidates.