CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - An alleged racial slur by a town official constitutes direct evidence of discrimination against the police chief and establishes a prima facie case for the chief in the lawsuit she filed against the town after she was laid off, a Missouri federal judge held March 12 in denying the town summary judgment (Sydney Williams v. City of Marston, No. 1:10-cv-00081, E.D. Mo.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32508).