Black police chief being paid $160,000 for “racial slur” not even directed toward him

W.Pa. police chief accepts $160K settlement

The Associated Press/ Updated: 11/26/2008 07:09:26 AM EST

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa.—The black police chief of a western Pennsylvania borough is being paid $160,000 to end a federal racial discrimination case following the mayor’s use of a racial slur. 

Richard McDonald will also step down after 18 months as Ellwood City’s chief under the settlement of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case. He’ll get $130,000 to buy out his contract and $30,000 for legal fees.

The settlement releases the borough from further claims, but allows McDonald to file legal action against Mayor Donald Clyde as a private citizen.

Among the accusations was that Clyde, who is white, used a racial slur in front of McDonald, although both men said the word wasn’t directed at McDonald.


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