CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The current St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley spoke with heated words following his final county council meeting Tuesday night in Clayton.
Earlier Tuesday, Dooley was cleared of any wrongdoing in an alleged scandal over the county's new crime lab. The supposed scandal was reviewed by the U.S. Attorney, who determined neither Dooley nor anyone else did anything wrong when hiring a contractor with connections to the police board.
During the alleged scandal last summer, Charlie Dooley lost the primary election for St. Louis County Executive to County Councilman Steve Stenger. At Tuesday night's meeting, however, Dooley unloaded frustrations onto those who he believed accused him of wrong-doing while he was running for re-election.
Among those alleged accusers is County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who Dooley believes promoted the alleged scandal.
"I lost the election because of that," Dooley said.
Following Tuesday night's meeting, Dooley spoke to the media about McCulloch and others who he believes tarnished his bid for re-election.
"Let's be clear about it, in the St. Louis metropolitan area," Dooley said. "If you know what's happened in the last couple of years, if you say an African-American official is alleged to have done wrongdoing and 75% is non African-American, what do you think is going to happen?"
Some believe Dooley's comments allege racial discrimination.
"You know what I'm talking about--I don't have to say it. It's about, it's a race card, he pulled a race card," said a meeting participant of Dooley's remarks.
The alleged scandal involving Dooley and the crime lab occurred before McCulloch found himself in hot water over the Grand Jury process in the Michael Brown case.
"Let me say this, the whole entire nation saw what Bob McCulloch did. That's something he has to live with, he's a liar and truth is not with him anywhere. The things he said and did prove to this community that Bob McCulloch cannot be trusted," Dooley said.
McCulloch has insisted that his credibility is intact, despite the criticism surrounding Ferguson and the crime lab investigation.
News 4 has reached out to McCulloch's office for a comment but has not received a response to Dooley's comments.