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Former St. Louis police chief files discrimination lawsuit against city

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The former interim St.Louis police chief has filed a complaint against the city, alleging that the city has practiced employment discrimination and retaliation based on race.

Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence O’Toole filed a complaint against the Missouri metropolis, which the city confirms they received earlier this month.

An acting chief since his predecessor’s departure in April of 2017, O’Toole claims that he was passed over for a permanent position due to his white skin, with selected replacement John Hayden being African American.

According to KMOV, Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards said the city will answer within a month’s time, and that Mayor Lyda Krewson denies any foul play based on race and testing procedure..

“That’s unfortunate; that’s just not the case,” Krewson said.

Hayden’s appointment in December of 2017 was praised by local activists and the the police union.

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