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The City of St. Louis Will Pay a Police Chief $162K to Settle a Discrimination Lawsuit

The city of St. Louis will pay a St. Louis assistant police chief nearly $162,000 to settle his federal discrimination lawsuit in which he alleged he was passed over for the city’s top police job because he is white.

Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole will also retire at the end of the week as part of the settlement, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

O’Toole sued in 2020, after he was passed over in 2017 for the position of St. Louis’ police chief. John Hayden, who is black, was chosen as chief in 2018, months after a white former police officer, Jason Stockley, was found not guilty in the 2011 shooting death of a black man following a car chase.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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