The Nation: A Quota for Chicago

After more than five years of lawsuits aimed at ending discriminatory hiring practices, a federal judge last week imposed a stunningly sweeping quota system on Chicago's police department. Within the next 90 days, ruled U.S. District Court Judge Prentice H. Marshall, the department must hire 400 new officers—50% of them black and Hispanic males, 16.5% women and 33.5% white males. The judge also imposed a similar quota on future hiring. Until the city complies, added Marshall, it cannot touch U.S. revenue-sharing funds that were withheld from Chicago since December 1974 under a separate but related suit and now total $95 million.

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