The city administered the test to 118 candidates, 27 of whom were black. None of the black candidates scored high enough to qualify for 15 immediately available promotions. After a series of raucous meetings, the city civil service board decided to scrap the examination results and promote no one. In subsequent litigation, the city suggested the test was racially biased. It said the decision to scrap the results was "race neutral" because it disadvantaged no one group of test takers more than another.