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Ex-Pa. state trooper claims he was fired over Ebonics

Published: Wed, December 5, 2012 @ 11:50 a.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A black man fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a Pennsylvania state trooper says he was wrongly let go for false claims that he didn’t properly write reports, and sometimes used “Ebonics” in doing so.

A state police spokeswoman says the agency doesn’t comment on litigation.

The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by 29-year-old William Peake, of Sewickley, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and soon after was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends is nearly all white.

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 the lawsuit.

Peake contends the reasons for his firing “are not worthy of belief.”


1twin(18 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Another lawsuit because he's black? No, just dumb!!!!

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2ulistenup(95 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

What's wrong with just saying " "nonstandard Black English" instead of a made-up term like Ebonics?

How you talk and how you have to fill out reports are two different things. Police reports - out of necessity - should be in standard English.

If he was fired for this after being warned, he deserved it. He shouldn't be filling out reports in Spanish or French either.

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3Silence_Dogood(1342 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

yo yo mo fo. yu be puttin the chil in my foshill. nowz yu be a foshizil my nizzel. be real an dont steal.

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