Qualified Candidate Passed Over For Police Chief Job–Because He Is WHITE!
Such is the claim of two of the members of the board who recommended him:
City officials seeking a new police chief passed up the former director of the Florida Highway Patrol, who formerly was a top commander of the Illinois State Police, because he is white, two former members of a city board claim.
Wyatt Frazer and Della Murphy allege in a federal lawsuit that they were forced off the Police, Fire and Civil Service Board for their advocacy of a white candidate when the chief’s job was open in 2007.
The suit, filed Oct. 1 in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, claims, “Shortly after Parks became Mayor in May 2007, Frazer became aware of Parks’ bias against hiring white persons.” It continues, “When the city was searching for a new Chief of Police, on or about August 2007, Frazer and Murphy felt that the most qualified candidate was a white male with extensive law enforcement experience and no criminal history. However, Parks told Frazer at that time that he would not recommend the Board’s candidate for the position because he was white. At Parks’ recommendation, the City then hired Michael Baxton, Sr., an African-American male, as Chief of Police, even though he was less qualified than the Board’s candidate … .”
I guess East St. Louis isn’t quite ready to follow the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
No word yet on whether President Obama will invite any of these people to the White House for a beer, either.