Black cop wins top job, white candidate sues for discrimination

MGN Online

The former interim police chief in St. Louis who is white is alleging discrimination based on race or color in the selection of a permanent chief.

Lt. Col. Lawrence O'Toole was among six finalists for the permanent job late last year. The job went to John Hayden, who is black.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that O'Toole has filed complaints with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mayor Lyda Krewson calls the complaints "unfortunate."

Krewson chose O'Toole as interim chief after Sam Dotson retired on her first day in office in April 2017. O'Toole served about nine months.

In September, protesters accused police of heavy-handed arrests during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a white former officer in the death of a black suspect.

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