ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis police officer has filed a lawsuit against a number of fellow cops after he was allegedly beaten while working undercover at a 2017 protest, Fox News said in a report on Wednesday.
Detective Luther Hall says that in addition to the excessive force that was unjustly used against him, the officers involved tried to cover it up.
Additionally, the detective says he now suffers from a number of injuries that are reportedly preventing him from returning to the job.
Hall says that he was working undercover amongst a crowd of protesters who were angry following the announcement that former police officer Jason Stockley had been found not guilty in killing a black man.
The lawsuit says that while protesters angrily threw flowerpots, damaged public property and smashed windows at local businesses, the police began using non-lethal tactics to drive the crowd back. Hall claims that the officers used pepper spray and beanbag rounds ‘without any audible warning’ to push the crowd away.
Detective Hall was confronted by officers and instructed to put his hands up, which he did, the lawsuit alleges.
Officer Luther Hall’s lawsuit says he was thrown to the ground, kicked and beaten by fellow officers, while he was working undercover, imbedded with protestors caught and cornered by police in downtown St. Louis https://t.co/njDQLdWXSZ
— KMOX St. Louis News (@kmoxnews) September 18, 2019
As he was getting to the ground, Hall said he was slammed down twice, then beaten with fists and batons. Hall claims he was then being removed from the area to be given medical treatment when a SWAT officer recognized him and removed him from his handcuffs.
The lawsuit went on to say that in an attempt to cover up the assault, the officers involved never filed a report about the incident.
Although Detective Hall was treated for his injuries, he says that he was left with several herniated discs in his back and neck and suffers from a jaw injury, which has inhibited his ability to eat, Fox said.
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The lawsuit directly names police officers Bailey Colletta, Randy Hays, Dustin Boone and Christopher Myers, the City of St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson and a number of others. The suit says that Hall is seeking damages from the alleged acts of excessive force, assault, false arrest and civil conspiracy.
In December of 2018, federal prosecutors indicted four St. Louis officers in which they say that the officers attacked Hall and arrested him without probable cause.
A St. Louis police officer is suing the city and the police department, saying he was violently beaten by colleagues while working undercover during a protest. https://t.co/sAHKTZ0aLk
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 17, 2019
Fox reported that Officer Colletta has already pleaded guilty to one federal charge and has admitted to lying to the FBI as well as grand jury about the nature of Hall’s arrest. If convicted, she could face up to 30 months in prison for her actions.
The other three officers have reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges and are scheduled to go to trial later this year.