They say this William Peake is a bad mother . . . Shut yo’ mouth!
A black man fired at the end of his 18-month probationary period as a PA state trooper says he was wrongly let go for false claims that he didn’t properly write reports, and sometimes used “Ebonics” in doing so.
The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday by 29-year-old William Peake, who graduated from the police academy in May 2009 and was stationed at the Uniontown barracks, which his attorney contends is nearly all white.
Peake was required to sign a termination letter contending he was let go for a “lack of solid job knowledge and basic police skills” and other “officer/public safety concerns” not spelled out in the lawsuit.
The natural reaction is to declare shenanigans on this story. That being said, I won’t. Why? Because I have read a lot of police reports in the last 18 years, and many of them are filled with spelling errors, grammatical abortions, and yes, ebonics.
The most egregious offender was an officer in my division who wrote, “the victim was struck with a smoothie.”
For those who did not grow up in the ‘hood, a smoothie is not a fruity whipped drink. It’s an iron. You know, because it smooths out your clothes.