- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP) - Officials in a suburban St. Louis town are standing by their firing of a top-ranking police officer.

The Pine Lawn Board of Alderman voted Monday to uphold the December termination of Lt. Steven Blakeney for allegedly telling another officer to drive two women he’d taken home from a bar.

Blakeney appealed. His attorney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1IG21Fc ) that the termination was the city’s retaliation against his client, who agreed to be a witness in an extortion case against Mayor Sylvester Caldwell.

The lawyer said he planned to file a wrongful termination lawsuit soon.

The Board of Alderman says there’s no truth to the claim that Blakeney’s termination was retaliation.

The mayor has pleaded not guilty to demanding bribes from a towing company in exchange for city business.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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