Worse than "cowardly". Noor's worrisome behaviors during the hiring and training process, and his worrisome psychological results (all of which were barred from being presented as evidence during trial), were explained away by politicians and administrators as being "normal" for his cultural and ethnic background. You see, they said, it is not he who needs to change, or is unsatisfactory. It is "we" who could erroneously interpret his "behaviors" and "personality" traits as undesirable. "We" must redefine what it is that we see, so that it is "good" and desirable, or is at least excusable, and leads to hiring. He is a desired diversity hire, therefore we will make all these worrisome things "fit", and justify and rationalize anything that doesn't fit. And name, blame, and shame anyone who questions the worrisome things. And as politicians openly desired to hire more of those from Noor's cultural and ethnic background, they had to justify his departures from what was previously considered desirable behavior for recruits. It's a circular process. And the process not only discourages conformity to public safety standards for diversity hiring, it seeks to radically re-define what is "normal" and desirable behavior and personality traits for officers. See how that works? What could possibly go wrong with that philosophy? [/sarc] Perhaps we should be hiring more blind bus drivers, for the sake of disability diversity? Or hiring air traffic controllers who have had extensive histories of unemployment, no education in the aerospace industry, and are "bad" in math and science? And favor them over those who are pilots, or have previous military experience as air traffic controllers? For the sake of "diversity" in hiring. Oh wait.....we already went down that path..... Diversity hiring programs which "change" hiring requirements are the death of competence and safety, in my opinion. They have no place in any profession that is involved with public safety. The real tragedy that persists from the Noor case is that we didn't have a loud, lively, public discussion about the tremendous dangers of lowering standards for "diversity hiring" in careers involved with public safety. IMO.