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LADUE — A former Ladue police chief claims in a lawsuit that city officials pressured him to pull over blacks and set ticket quotas for out-of-towners, then fired him in August when he refused.

The ex-chief, Larry White, alleges that Mayor Irene S. Holmes told him on several occasions that she wanted “those people” to be pulled from their cars so that others would see and avoid Ladue.

White, a former Missouri Highway Patrol official, says in the suit that he understood “those people” to be African-Americans.

The community of about 8,600 people is among the most affluent in the nation. Census figures from 2000 say Ladue’s population was about 96 percent white and 1 percent black.

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