Police Abuse

'Let's Whoop Some Ass': St. Louis Cops Charged With Beating Undercover Detective Posing as Protester

"It's gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these shitheads once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart."

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Several St. Louis cops face federal charges for beating a man they thought was a protester and then covering up the encounter. Their victim turned out to be an undercover officer himself.

The incident took place in September 2017, when protests erupted over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley. (Stockley had shot and killed black driver Anthony Lamar Smith following a police chase. Stockley, who claimed self-defense, was tried for murder and found not guilty.) As demonstrators took to the streets, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department deployed officers to work crowd control and to crack down on criminal activity.

According to an indictment filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri, four officers—Dustin Boone, Randy Hays, Christopher Myers, and Bailey Colletta—"encountered" a man they believed to be a protester, identified only as L.H.

Boone, Hays, and Myers allegedly took L.H. to the ground and beat him "while he was compliant and not posing a threat to anybody," the indictment says. "This offense resulted in bodily injury to L.H. and included the use of a dangerous weapon, that is: shod feet and a riot baton."

L.H. was not actually a protester. He was an undercover detective and 22-year veteran of the police department. His full name is Luther Hall, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, and he apparently suffered severe injuries. His jaw muscles became inflamed after he was kicked in the face, causing him to have trouble eating and lose 20 pounds. He has also had issues with his tailbone, neck, and back, with the latter two requiring surgery.

After realizing L.H. was a cop, Boone, Hays, and Myers allegedly proceeded to cover up their actions. They're accused of falsely claiming that he resisted arrest, as well as trying to persuade him not to report their actions. The three officers also allegedly lied to potential witnesses in an effort to influence their testimony. Myers stands accused of destroying L.H.'s phone in another attempt to obstruct the investigation.

Colletta, who was romantically involved with Hays at the time, allegedly saw her fellow officers arrest L.H. She's accused of lying, both to investigators and to a grand jury, about what happened.

The indictment also includes text messages from Boone, Hays, and Myers that seem to show they were looking forward to beating up on protesters. "[L]et's whoop some ass," Myers wrote. "It's gonna get IGNORANT tonight," Boone responded. "But it's gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these shitheads once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart." Two days later, Boone wrote to Myers that it's "a blast beating people that deserve it." Several weeks after the incident involving L.H., Hays said in a message to Boone that "going rogue does feel good."

The four officers, who have been placed on unpaid leave, are being represented by the police union's lawyers. If convicted, each could face decades in prison. "We encourage elected officials, the media and the public to allow them their day in court without speculation about their guilt or innocence," St. Louis Police Officers' Association business manager Jeff Roorda tells the Post-Dispatch.

Allegations of police abuse were widespread during the Stockley protests. In September, 14 lawsuits were filed on behalf of people arrested and/or pepper-sprayed during the protests, including several journalists.

The Rev. Darryl Gray, who helped organize the demonstrations, hopes the alleged assault of an undercover cop will help people understand there's a problem. "Maybe this police officer getting beat up by three of his own, who deliberately went out to hurt someone who was compliant and not resisting, maybe this is what is needed in this country and this city and this region to finally say, 'We have not gone far enough to hold police accountable,'" Gray tells The Washington Post.

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  1. There’s a part of this I’m supposed to feel bad about, right?

    1. Are you pretending that they only beat up the one guy that night? Do you feel bad about that?

      I feel bad for the taxpayers.

      1. That was my first thought. A fantastic use of public funds

        1. I’d be willing to let some co-workers tune me up in exchange for a six figure settlement.

          1. “Tune you up” so you’re disabled?

            Well, I guess if you’re already a fat, worthless slug…

            1. And you are a remarkably observant and erudite individual!

      2. You mean the voters that keep sending to office politicians that kiss cop arse?

        1. You mean the voters that get to choose from two bad choices because the system is rigged?

          1. Those are cowards and dupes. Voters with brains or guts vote libertarian in a steeply ascending logistics substitution curve.

            1. Jesus, Hank. “Those are cowards and dupes. Voters with brains or guts vote libertarian”. Just leave it there. “in a steeply ascending logistics substitution curve” adds nothing but confusion and the suspicion that you’re the crazy uncle from the basement.

      3. >>>I feel bad for the taxpayers.

        i want to but i know who they vote for up there.

        1. Most of them? No one.

    2. Yes. THERE’S NO VIDEO OR YAKETY SAX!

  2. Probably the she-cop’s way of breaking up with him.

  3. “We encourage elected officials, the media and the public to allow them their day in court without speculation about their guilt or innocence,” St. Louis Police Officers’ Association business manager Jeff Roorda tells the Post-Dispatch.

    Cop on cop violence and the association has pick its side.

    I wonder why there was an undercover detective inside the protest.

    1. To prove the futility of all of the post Watergate era reforms (FISA at the top, on down to local LE “disbanding” their counter-subversive squads).

    2. My guess is that he wasn’t undercover for the protests. More likely he was undercover for gangs/drugs/organized crime, and he was probably at the protest to steer his criminal associates away from any mayhem – lest that interfere with or compromise the existing cases they were building.

      1. But that theory would suggest that there were criminals at this social-justice protest!

        1. The associates who jacked him up.

  4. But remember, only cops can be trusted with weapons. Something something professional training.

  5. And people wounder why I want to fourth amendment to start working agian.

    “The four officers, who have been placed on unpaid leave, are being represented by the police union’s lawyers. If convicted, each could face decades in prison. “We encourage elected officials, the media and the public to allow them their day in court without speculation about their guilt or innocence,” St. Louis Police Officers’ Association business manager Jeff Roorda tells the Post-Dispatch. ”

    Their some fun for a union which one of your member do you support, I is the one cop who got beaten a nonunion member?

    1. Bad need of a edit button on this site. not to mention to pop adds are making it a hard to type without error for me.
      anyway agian should have been again.

      and the last sentence should have been or us the cop who was beaten a nonunion member?

      1. It would be OK if the edit button gave you a 30-second window to make corrections, otherwise people could “update” their posts by removing stuff without acknowledgement.

        There is, though, a preview button. I don’t know how many people use it, or if the squirrels permit it to be used.

        1. Hello, this comment has been previewed.

  6. American cops are masters of the passive voice, if nothing else.

  7. What we need next is an article excusing Antifa violence.

    1. Patience! I’m sure it’s in the works, even as we speak!

    2. Wait, what?
      antifa is violent? Say it ain’t so.

      1. I bet you were wearing a “cold dead hands” t-shirt and had just finished writing some crap about “resisting government tyranny” on some other site right before you wrote the above.

        I’ve seen this before. The types that lean heavily on the “the reason I need 50 guns is cause gubmint tyranny” angle but somehow are simultaneously convinced that kids who are mad at the current government (aka not Obama) need to be stopped at all costs.

  8. This seems to be one of those logic paradoxes that causes robots to short out and explode. If you strike a cop, other cops are supposed to kick the shit out of you and say whatever’s necessary to justify the retaliation, but if a cop improperly beats someone, you are supposed to back them up and say whatever’s necessary to justify the use of force. This is the kind of thing that could tear apart the space-time continuum, and I think we are all lucky to have survived.

  9. So why is this a story of federal charges? Where’s the story of the city’s criminal charges and the undercover cop’s lawsuit? Or did everybody involved just shrug off this one isolated incident of mistakes were made?

  10. So the charge is beating up the wrong person.

    1. That’s one disgusting thing about this. If it weren’t for the undercover cop, no one except the protesters would be the wiser about what shit stains for humans these cops are.

  11. “Maybe we don’t need so many cops”-said no politician ever…

  12. I must say, I was mildly amused when I heard about this story this morning. I feel bad for the victim, however…

  13. My sincere schadenfreude goes out to the incompetently beaten sockpuppet agent provocateur pig. The only regret is that his buddies are not bonded out on unpaid leave under an indictment for murder one. Please, more stormtrooper stories with happy endings like this one!

    1. Yea, I found I have no sympathy for any of these assholes, beaten or beater alike. I have to wonder what would have occurred had the undercover either pulled his sidearm or been found with it. My guess is an execution-style killing of the undercover.

  14. “The four officers, who have been placed on unpaid leave, are being represented by the police union’s lawyers.”

    What, the undercover cop doesn’t belong to the union? Or he’s just on the wrong side for them to represent?

    1. I am sure that his Union contract already got him a hefty hazard pay plus disability plus early retirement at full payout. They wouldn’t leave him in the gutters.

    2. You see, he exposed them. Even if it were three undercover cops beaten up by one in uniform, by exposing them to public scrutiny, he Betrayed the Blue Line.

  15. Right on ! Beat that cock suckers ass !

  16. I blame Sarah Palin. The cops said they were going rogue and she said it also one time, ergo her fault.

    /sarc

  17. “The four officers, who have been placed on unpaid leave, are being represented by the police union’s lawyers.”

    “Unpaid leave”??? Must have effed up big time. Beating the crap out of mere citizens would only be punished by “desk duty” until the whole thing can be safely swept under the rug. Hell, killing mere citizens, unarmed and unassociated with any crime, usually only results in “paid leave.”

  18. “maybe this is what is needed in this country and this city and this region to finally say, ‘We have not gone far enough to hold police accountable,'”

    This man is a master of understatement.

  19. “The Rev. Darryl Gray, who helped organize the demonstrations, hopes the alleged assault of an undercover cop will help people understand there’s a problem. “Maybe this police officer getting beat up by three of his own, who deliberately went out to hurt someone who was compliant and not resisting, maybe this is what is needed in this country and this city and this region to finally say, ‘We have not gone far enough to hold police accountable,'” Gray tells The Washington Post.”

    And maybe I’ll win the Powerball tonight, even though the next drawing isn’t until tomorrow.

  20. What, no Qualified Immunity?

  21. I think there’s a fair likelihood that the undercover officer who was beaten was acting as an agent provocateur. This is a very common tactic departments use to manufacture justification to attack the people. The agent is supposed to throw something or shove another citizen into an officer who is then forced to “defend himself” against the citizen who was shoved by the officer (who is supposed to retreat to avoid getting caught). My guess is that the agent provocateur didn’t get out of the way as quickly as he should have and got caught by the officers he was counting on to attack the citizens.

  22. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer rat. LOL. The thin blue line!

  23. Looks like it did get IGNORANT.

  24. American copping: You will trust these people at your peril, ESPECIALLY if you’ve done nothing wrong.

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  26. I hope these thugs continue with the blue on blue violence.
    It cheers me when I see cannibalism on the other side of the thin blue lie.

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