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Washington v. Davis
Citation:Washington v. Davis, 426 U.S. 229, 96 S. Ct. 2040, 48 L.Ed2d 597 (1976)
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The District of Columbia Police Department administered a written personnel test to applicants for positions as police officers. A disproportionately higher percentage of black applicants failed the test compared to white applicants. Respondents, unsuccessful black applicants, claimed the test constituted a violation of equal protection, because it had the effect of disproportionately disqualifying blacks for police service. Respondents did not allege discriminatory purpose on the part of the government.
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