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Opinion | JEFF JACOBY

Does an officer’s race matter?

Can you judge a police officer’s abilities by the color of his skin?

When Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis earlier this month promoted five officers to sergeant, the commotion it generated had everything to do with the officers’ race. All five were white, even though the pool of 21 officers eligible for promotion on the basis of their Civil Service test scores had included nine nonwhite candidates. The commissioner was blasted by a minority officers’ advocacy group, which accused him of making a “conscious effort” to keep minorities from moving up.

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