Jury finds St. Louis sergeant was discriminated against for being gay; County leader calls for police chief to resign

Councilwoman Lisa Clancy says Police Chief Jon Belmar should resign because of what she described as a “culture of rampant racism and homophobia.”

Associated Press
October 28, 2019 - 12:59 pm
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Some St. Louis County leaders are calling for a police leadership shakeup after a jury found that a sergeant was discriminated against because he's gay and recommended that he be awarded nearly $20 million.

Councilwoman Lisa Clancy says Police Chief Jon Belmar should resign because of what she described as a "culture of rampant racism and homophobia.'' The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that she and another council member also called for County Executive Sam Page to replace members of the police board that holds the power to fire the chief.

Page could replace the entire board because all five members are serving on expired terms. Page said in a statement that those appointments were "forthcoming'' but didn't indicate whether he thought Belmar should remain in his job.

Belmar didn't respond to a call seeking comment.