Iowa police commissioner explains Filipinos remark
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Public Safety Commissioner K Brian London sought on Wednesday to clarify a statement he made earlier this year in which he told employees that he believed Filipinos were difficult to polygraph.
Through a spokesman, Mr London confirmed that he told employees months ago that, in his prior experience as an agent with the United States (US) Secret Service, "completing polygraphs with Filipinos was difficult". He said that he brought up his experience as an example of how cultural and legal barriers can make examinations difficult, and that he did not mean to disparage their nationality or imply they were less truthful than other races.
Mr London briefed the office of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad about the remarks during a previously scheduled meeting on Tuesday, said the spokesman, Lt Rob Hansen. On Wednesday, Mr London convened a meeting in his office in Des Moines with the polygraph examiners who were present for his earlier remarks so that he could clarify them, Mr Hansen said.
The actions came after The Associated Press (AP) in recent days questioned Mr London and Mr Hansen about his remarks. Based on the AP's questions, Mr London believed there was "a potential misunderstanding" about what he meant, Mr Hansen said.