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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A federal jury awarded $620,000 to a white St. Louis police sergeant who alleged did not get a promotion because of reverse discrimination.

Sgt. David Bonenberger sued in January 2012 after he was not interviewed for the assistant director’s position at the city Police Academy. He claimed the academy director told him not to even apply because the position was going to be given to a black woman.

The all-white jury deliberated about four hours Wednesday before returning its verdict.

Bonenberger sued the police department, the Police Board of Commissioners, Mayor Francis Slay and other city officials, who were defended by the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

The Board of Police Commissioners will discuss the verdict this morning during a closed meeting.

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