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Washington v. Davis
Citation:426 U.S. 229 (1976)
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The respondents argued that a test administered to applicants of the D.C. Police Department was racially discriminatory in violation of equal protection principles under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, because the application procedures included written personal tests which led to the exclusion of a high number of applicants of color. The test at issue was designed to measure “verbal ability, vocabulary, reading and comprehension.”
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