Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

13 White Officers Sue over Police Promotion Policy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

13 White Officers Sue over Police Promotion Policy

Article excerpt

A group of white police officers has filed a lawsuit to stop the St. Louis Police Department from enacting a change that increases black officers' chances for promotion.

The suit was filed Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis Circuit Court by 13 white officers who finished in the top half of a written test of applicants seeking promotion to the ranks of lieutenant and captain.

Before last week, only the top half of those tested could stay in the promotional process, taking other tests. In a recent written test of 98 sergeants and lieutenants, only four blacks finished in the top half; 28 blacks took the test.

The small number of black applicants eligible for promotion prompted the Police Board last week to change the policy, allowing all of those who took the written test to complete the promotional process.

The suit alleges that the board's action is invalid because it was taken in a closed meeting - in violation of the Missouri Sunshine Law.

The suit also mentions that Sgt. …

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