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Four St. Louis, Missouri Police Officers Federally Indicted For Beating One Of Their Own

A federal grand jury indicted three members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on charges of beating a fellow police officer who was working undercover during a 2017 protest. A fourth officer also was indicted and accused conspiring to cover up the incident.

"The indictment charges Officers Dustin Boone, 35, Bailey Colletta, 25, Randy Hays, 31, and Christopher Myers, 27, with various felony charges, including deprivation of constitutional rights, conspiracy to obstruct justice, destruction of evidence, and obstruction of justice."

According to the indictment, officers Boone, Hays and Myers inflicted "bodily injury" on an undercover officer identified in the court document only as "L.H.", an officer and detective who is described as having 22 years of experience with the police department. The beating of L.H. occurred "while he was compliant and not posing a threat to anyone." The incident occurred during a September 17, 2017, protest against the acquittal of a white police officer who was tried in the death of a black suspect in 2011.

The indictment says the officers exchanged a series of messages during the days of protest duty. In one Sept. 15, 2017, message, Officer Christopher Myers writes "let's whoop some ass."
On Oct. 5, 2017, Officer Randy Hays writes "going rogue does feel good." Officer Dustin 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."
 link to www.stltoday.com

St. Louis cops plead not guilty to federal charges linked to assault on undercover colleague

By Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dec 7, 2018

ST. LOUIS Four St. Louis police officers pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges linked to an assault on a colleague during protests last year.

Officers Dustin Boone, Randy Hays and Christopher Myers were accused in an indictment last week of kicking veteran officer Luther Hall and hitting him with a "riot" baton while Hall was undercover with protesters on Sept. 17, 2017. Officer Bailey Colletta was accused of lying to a federal grand jury investigating the incident.

Hall, a detective, has not returned to duty due to his injuries.

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Undercover officer who was beaten had extensive injuries, has not returned to work
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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 destroying Hall's cellphone. Colletta, 25, faces a charge of attempting to obstruct grand jury proceedings.

RELATED: Read the indictment against the St. Louis police officers

The officers are next due in court in roughly 45 days for a status conference. The case has been deemed "complex," meaning it will not need to meet the normal deadlines for prosecution under the Speedy Trial Act.

The indictment claims the three officers believed Hall was a protester and assaulted him "while he was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone." All four officers were assigned to the department's "Civil Disobedience Team" working protest duty, and several had exchanged electronic messages before and after the arrest expressing "disdain" for protesters and "excitement about using unjustified force against them and going undetected while doing so."

The Sept. 17, 2017, protest was among those that followed the acquittal of former police Officer Jason Stockley on a murder charge for the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Asked about the investigation and allegations this week, St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards declined to comment. But he did tell Post-Dispatch that he used the word "outlier" in a statement last week "for a reason."

"What the four officers are accused of saying and doing is morally, ethically and legally beyond anything that I've have witnessed thus far inside the police department.

"I'm very, very sorry that our injured police officer suffered the verbal assaults and physical assaults at the hands of the four police officers. I'm equally sorry that anyone else was the victim of similar assaults inflicted by the officers," he said.

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St. Louis prosecutors dismissed 91 cases associated with 4 indicted cops
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Text messages released in indictment of officers

A federal indictment against four St. Louis police officers in connection with the the beating of an undercover officer during a 2017 protest includes these text messages allegedly sent by some of the officers.


Sept. 15, 2017

FROM ** to CHRISTOPHER MYERS:

Hey we are both on the same arrest team. Are we meeting at 20th and Olive?

CHRISTOPHER MYERS to **:

I know right. Yes I guess so, let's whoop some ass

DUSTIN BOONE to **:

The more the merrier!!! It's gonna get IGNORANT tonight!! But 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!!!!

DUSTIN BOONE to **

I'm on (Sgt **'s) arrest team! Me and a BIG OL black dude r the guys that are hands on! No stick or shield... .. just (expletive) people up when they don't act right! ...

DUSTIN BOONE to **

That's my dude today! Haha he's basically a thug that's on our side!!! It's he and I that just grab (expletive) and toss em around

DUSTIN BOONE to **

We really need these (expletive) to start acting up so we can have some fun

Sept. 16, 2017

DUSTIN BOONE to **

This (expletive) is crazy... ... . But it's (expletive) AWESOME too! Except for cops getting hurt. People of the streets got (EXPLETIVE) UP! Lol

DUSTIN BOONE to **

R u guys in (South Patrol Division) prepping anything for the war tonight? Any mistake strikes that (Sgt. **) is gonna order?

DUSTIN BOONE to **

Just deployed to U city... .. u will see the REAL POLICE come in and clear these (expletive) REAL QUICK. We ain't (expletive) w them tonight.

Sept. 17, 2017

** to DUSTIN BOONE

You doing ok down there with the idiots?

DUSTIN BOONE to **

Yeah. A lot of cops gettin hurt, but it's still a blast beating people that deserve it. And I'm not one of the people hurt, so I'm still enjoying each night... .

Sept. 18, 2017

DUSTIN BOONE to **

We reloading these fools up on prisoner busses. As they got on we all said in unison "OUR STREETS" haha

Sept. 20, 2017

DUSTIN BOONE to **

... The problem is when they start acting like fools, we start beating the (expletive) out of everyone on the street after we give two warnings ...

Sept. 23, 2017

DUSTIN BOONE to **

Did everyone see the protesters getting (EXPLETIVE) UP in the galleria???? That was awesome!

Oct. 5, 2017

RANDY HAYES to DUSTIN BOONE:

It's extremely frustrating, but you'll eat yourself up inside if you don't just let it go and deal with it when it comes. And this one is easy because we both are good, going rogue does feel good, but I've been elected to be the driver of a Tahoe, so if I get involved tonight, (expletive) has hit the fan.

DUSTIN BOONE to RANDY HAYES:

Well (expletive)

DUSTIN BOONE to RANDY HAYES:

LOL

DUSTIN BOONE to RANDY HAYES:

I should probably stay in check as well.

RANDY HAYES to DUSTIN BOONE:

Remember we are in south city. They support us but also cameras. So make sure you have an ol