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Four St. Louis Cops Indicted for Beating an Undercover Officer Posing as a Protester

The indictment claims that several of the officers talked about their "disdain" for protesters.

Four St. Louis police officers were indicted on Thursday on federal charges. The indictment indicates that three of them beat an undercover colleague during protests last year and all four of the officers involved covered it up.


The indictment also claims that several of the officers talked about their "disdain" for protesters and their "excitement about using unjustified force against them and going undetected while doing so."

According to prosecutors, Officers Dustin Boone, Christopher Myers and Randy Hays threw a 22-year police veteran to the ground and began to kick him while assaulting him with a police baton on Sept. 17, 2017. It allegedly occurred during protests downtown after the acquittal of former police Officer Jason Stockley on a murder charge for the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

They thought the undercover officer was a protester and allegedly beat him even though he was being compliant and not threatening physical harm.

Boone, 35, Hays, 31, and Myers, 27, all face charges of depriving Hall of his constitutional rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Myers also faces a charge of destruction of evidence relating to the cellphone, and Colletta, 25, faces a charge of attempting to obstruct grand jury proceedings.

Because the officers are members of the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, their legal representation is being provided by the organization.

Jeff Roorda, the business manager of the association, has referred all questions to the officers' attorneys, stating: "We encourage elected officials, the media and the public to allow them their day in court without speculation about their guilt or innocence."

You can read the indictment here:

Indictment.pdf

The undercover officer in the indictment was referred to as "L.H." Given gender and age of the officer, there's only one match: Luther Hall. He was working undercover to help other officers identify criminal activity among protesters, sources said.

The tables turned and the officer became a victim. After discovering that the person they attacked was an undercover officer, the three male officers lied about the arrest, claiming the man resisted arrest and was not compliant, the indictment says.

When that didn't work, the three officers in question tried to contact the undercover officer to dissuade him from pursuing disciplinary or legal action, the indictment read.

Hall's injuries appeared to be extensive and he has not returned to work. The extent of his injuries included: a swollen jaw from being kicked in the face repeatedly to the point where he could not eat, a two-centimeter cut above his lip which left a hole, an injury to his tailbone and two herniated disks in his neck and back which required surgery to repair.

Sources stated that his weight dropped from 185 pounds to 165 pounds because of his inability to eat solid food.

He also still wears a collar to keep his neck immobile, and has not been able to return to duty.

A series of text messages was sent between the officers after the verdict was rendered.

In one Sept. 15, 2017 message, Myers writes "let's whoop some ass."

On Oct. 5, 2017, Hays writes "going rogue does feel good."

Boone later replies that "it's gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these (expletive) once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart!!!!" On Sept. 17, he wrote that it was "a blast beating people that deserve it."

The four officers have been suspended without pay pending the investigation.

Police Chief John Hayden said police sought the FBI's help after learning about the allegations involving Hall. He issued a statement saying:

"I am deeply disappointed in the alleged actions of these individual officers; however, it is in no way reflective of the hard work and dedication exhibited by the men and women of our Department who serve the community on a daily basis with integrity and honor."

The jarring implications of this incident is even when the officers discovered that they had brutally beaten one of their own, there was an expectation for the victim to uphold the "blue wall of silence." Depending on how you view it, Hall is lucky that the beating didn't kill him because the truth could've been buried with him forever.

In St. Louis and surrounding areas like Ferguson, there is a blatant contempt for Black lives. With the recent violent deaths and "suicides" of Ferguson activists, perhaps an independent investigation by the Department of Justice should be done to ensure that rogue police officers aren't taking "justice" into their own hands.

The Conversation (3)
Tracy Brooks02 Dec, 2018

The department of injustice already knows that racist ass cops are involved in the staged suicidal murders of activist whom are organizing citizens to stand up against the storm troopers attacking black communities.

The local ghesstopo command knows it as well but they put one of their own race traitors in danger looking for violent protesters without notifying the rest of their racist army of his presence. Big mistake, and traitors commrads nearly murdered his ass.

02 Dec, 2018

“Real Ugly Truth “ .

votetocorrect01 Dec, 2018

Wow, beat their own...doesn't get much better to show internal problems!

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Over 55 percent of civil service employees in the state are people of color.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday the U.S. Department of Labor sent states a letter with that mandate, according to NPR. The Department of Labor said the roughly 420,000 federal employees who are "essential" cannot file for unemployment as they are "generally ineligible."

It also reported 10,454 initial claims by federal workers for the week that ended Jan. 5, doubling the previous week's figure. Thousands more have applied since, state officials said.

Newsom said the decision by the Department of Labor's decision was "jaw-dropping."

"So, the good news is, we're going to do it, and shame on them," he said.

"From a moral perspective, there is no debate on this issue and we will blow back aggressively on the Department of Labor."

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reports unemployment claims for one week during the shutdown are up 600 percent from the same time last year. The state has over 245,000 federal employees.

Over 55 percent of civil service employees in the state are people of color, and they are over 35 percent of the country's federal workforce.

Newsom encouraged people to continue to apply while the state figured out how to get the money. He estimated benefits that would last up to 26 weeks and provided a few hundred extra dollars a month. He said he knows it doesn't fix everything, but hopefully it helps.

His message to Trump: "Let us states do the job you can't seem to do yourself."

Some state officials said they had asked utilities and other companies to extend mercy to federal employees, and the federal Office of Personnel Management published sample letters that furloughed employees could send to creditors to ask for patience.

Texas has received more than 2,900 claims from federal workers since the shutdown began on Dec. 22, while Ohio is approaching 700. Kansas reported 445 filings, and Alabama was closing in on 500. Montana said it had logged almost 1,500.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he would be making a "major announcement" on Saturday about the government shutdown.

A senior administration official told CNN that Trump plans to offer Democrats another proposal to end the shutdown.

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