St. Louis to pay nearly $800K in racial discrimination suit

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St. Louis Police officer David Bonenberger sits in a training session on the use of body cameras on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Photo By David Carson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis police sergeant who won a racial discrimination case over a police academy promotion will be paid the $620,000 he won in a federal lawsuit, plus $172,000 in attorney’s fees.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a federal appeals court has declined to reconsider the case, leaving the city no more chances to appeal.

Sgt. David Bonenberger, who’s white, filed the suit in 2012, saying he was passed over for assistant director. The suit alleged that then-director Lt. Michael Muxo told Bonenberger not to apply for the job because it was going to a black woman under the orders of Lt. Col. Reggie Harris, who’s also black.

Muxo and Harris were found to have conspired to commit discrimination, and an all-white jury awarded Bonenberger $620,000 in damages in 2013.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com