Four St. Louis Cops Indicted for Assaulting Undercover Officer

Four St. Louis cops are under fire for beating one of their own.

Four St. Louis cops are under fire for beating one of their own.

By MCNS Staff

According to local reports, four St. Louis police officers have been indicted on federal charges surrounding the beating of an undercover cop during a protest and subsequent cover up last year.

Stltoday.com reports that the indictment also claims that several of the officers exchanged messages that “expressed disdain” for protesters and “excitement about using unjustified force against them and going undetected while doing so.”

Prosecutors accuse officers Dustin Boone, Randy Hays and Christopher Myers of throwing a 22-year police veteran to the ground, kicking and hitting him with a police baton on Sept. 17, 2017, in the midst of protests downtown that followed the acquittal of former police Officer Jason Stockley. Stockley was charged for murder for fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith. The indictment states that believing the undercover cop was a protester, the officers beat him “while he was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone.”

The fourth officer named in the indictment, Bailey Colletta, is accused of lying to a federal grand jury investigating the incident, in an apparent cover up for his colleagues. False information he gave included that he did not know any of the officers, when in fact, he was and still is in a live-in relationship with Hays.

According to local sources, all four officers are members of the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, which is locally known for staunch opposition to protests and demonstrators.

After three officers learned that the person they assaulted was an undercover cop, they lied claiming that the man resisted arrest and was not complaint, the indictment states.

Identified only by the initials “L.H.,” which sources connecting age, gender and initials to “Luther Hall,” the undercover cop is said to have been inserted into demonstration crowds to detect criminal activity.

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