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St. Louis police chief decides to retire after mayor meeting

Posted 4:22 p.m. Wednesday

— St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has decided to retire after meeting with the city's new mayor.

Mayor Lynda Krewson announced Dotson's retirement Wednesday, her first full day in office. Krewson's spokesman says Dotson made the decision after the two met to discuss the police department's future.

It's an early retirement for the 47-year-old Dotson, whose department came under scrutiny during the often tumultuous months following the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

Brown, who was black, was 18 and unarmed when he was killed by a white Ferguson police officer. The shooting was followed by months of protests.

Dotson will serve as a consultant to the police department for one year. Deputy Chief Lawrence O'Toole will serve as interim chief during the search for Dotson's replacement.

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