Trial set for 4 St. Louis officers in beating of colleague

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Four St. Louis police officers accused of wrongfully beating or helping cover up the beating of an undercover colleague during 2017 protests are set to go to trial this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a judge on Friday set a trial date of Dec. 2 for Dustin Boone, Randy Hays, Christopher Myers and Bailey Colletta. Boone, Hays and Myers are accused of assaulting Officer Luther Hall, who was working undercover during a protest downtown at the time. Myers is also accused of destroying Hall’s cellphone. Colletta is accused of lying to a federal grand jury investigating the attack. All have pleaded not guilty.

Court documents say the officers mistook Hall for a protester on Sept. 15, 2017, following the acquittal of a former St. Louis police officer on a murder charge. Hall described the attack in court documents as a “free for all” and suffered several herniated discs and a jaw injury.

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