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Police chief's polygraph targets racist applicants

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 March 08, 2013 6:57 AM in News

COOPERTOWN, Tenn. - The chief of a small-town police department in Tennessee says racists aren't going to want to be on his force once they find out they can't get hired without taking a polygraph.

Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan says the test doesn't ask people if they're racist - only if they've committed race-based crimes.

Still, the police chief of this Robertson County city of 4,000 said several officers who previously expressed interest in a job didn't call him back after finding out they had to take a polygraph.

The department was disbanded for several months last year after an officer was recorded using a racial slur to describe a black motorist. The town previously made national headlines as a notorious speed trap that targeted Hispanics and out-of-town drivers.

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