Arguments Against Police Drug Testing

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William Milner Professor Chuda CRJ-201 8 May 2014 Police Drug Testing Drug testing has been moving into the mainstream workplace in the past decade. The certain situations which would trigger these drug screens, as well as justify them, are varied and numerous. Many people, including airline pilots, truck driver, and other transportation officials are required to submit to a drug screen on behalf of public safety. All of our favorite professional athletes are required to take a random drug tests to ensure there is fair play in the games we love to watch and play as kids. High school kids wishing to play in a sport, a correction Officer, college-loan recipients, fortune 500 companies, and Police Officer’s are routinely required to submit…show more content…
The Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, as well as Boston police officers, filed suit claiming the test, which uses hair follicles to hunt for traces of cocaine, resulted in false positives and was abandoned by the federal government over concerns about its quality. Six of the officers have been hired back, and given lost pay, after the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission also threw out the hair test last year. But all of the officers are seeking further damages and the jobs back for the others. The test, their union claims, singled them out unfairly. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturned a 2012 ruling by district court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. The appeals court said the cops might be able to prove that the police department’s policy, which uses hair samples to test for illegal drug use, has a “disparate impact” based on…show more content…
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