Jury rejects police officer's gender bias lawsuit

Jury rejects police officer's gender bias lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jurors have rejected a high-ranking St. Louis police officer’s claim that her colleague was promoted to deputy chief instead of her because of gender bias.

The jury ruled against Lt. Col. Rochelle Jones on Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her lawsuit alleged gender discrimination in the 2015 promotion of Ronnie Robinson to lieutenant colonel, the second-highest rank in the department. Jones was a major at the time.

Jones’ attorney, J.C. Pleban, said in closing arguments that former police Chief Sam Dotson had “picked a man to be elevated to this men’s club.”

Deputy city counselor Nancy Kistler said Dotson had promoted Robinson because he was the strongest candidate. She said Dotson also had a record of promoting women.

Jones and Pleban said they planned to appeal.