St. Louis police chief decides to retire after mayor meeting
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is retiring, three years after his department came under scrutiny during the often tumultuous months following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.
Newly elected Mayor Lynda Krewson announced Dotson's retirement Wednesday, her first full day in office. Krewson's spokesman says Dotson made the decision after talking with Krewson about the police department's future.
It's an early retirement for the 47-year-old Dotson. He'll serve as a consultant to the department for one year.
Deputy Chief Lawrence O'Toole will serve as interim chief during the search for Dotson's replacement.
Brown, who was black, was 18 and unarmed when he was killed by a white Ferguson police officer in 2014. The shooting was followed by months of protests in Ferguson and St. Louis.