Black cop from St. Louis beaten by coworkers for a $ 5 million settlement
The city of St. Louis pays $ 5 million to Luther Hall, a black police officer who was beaten by colleagues during the Jason Stockley protests in 2017 when he was working undercover.
KMOV4 reports that following the acquittal of St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley, Hall was hired to work with a crowd of protesters.
Stockley had been charged with the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley and his partner say they tried to stop Smith after seeing him close a drug deal. However, Smith rammed his car into the officers’s car and then drove down the street.
On camera, Stockley was heard saying that as soon as he caught him, he would “kill” Smith – and that is exactly what he did by shooting half a dozen cartridges at Smith’s car. He later claimed that he saw Smith reach for a gun.
When Stockley was finally acquitted, the residents of St. Louis protested the verdict.
Hall was tasked with overseeing the Stockley protests amid the crowd. But he was mistaken for an actual demonstrator by his fellow officers who attacked and beat him.
According to Hall’s complaint, text messages from other police officers show that the officers were enthusiastically preparing to use unnecessary force against the demonstrators.
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“Let’s pound us a little,” wrote Officer Christopher Myers, adding, “bosses are a little more lenient when we use force.”
“The more the better!!!” Officer Dustin Boone answered. “It’ll be fun to knock the hell out of these heads when the sun goes down and no one can tell us apart … Only people get up when they don’t do the right thing!”
Hall says he was confronted by several officials on the night of the protest – he raised his hands in surrender but was knocked to the ground anyway.
Hall suffered serious injuries, including multiple herniated discs, a hip injury, and other blows to the jaw, lips, and eyes. His injuries prevented him from resuming work as a police officer; Hall reportedly had difficulty eating regular, solid meals.
However, Hall is reportedly still employed by the police in a non-patrolling position.
However, Hall’s lawsuit against the city alleged that the officers who beat him were largely spared the punishment. One of the defendants, Joseph Marcantano, was later promoted to sergeant.
In his complaint, Hall stated that “wrongdoing is not only protected, but also rewarded by the city and the ministry”.
He says several St. Louis police officers, including senior officials, were actively trying to cover up his beatings and suppress evidence of the attack.
His lawsuit also alleges that the Mayor of St. Louis made a dismissive comment on Hall in an elevator, complaining that the officer injured his “cute face”.
The Root reports that numerous other protesters have sued the city over the police agency’s response to the Stockley protests.
St. Louis hits a $ 5 million deal when he hit the undercover officer who protested Stockley
St. Louis reaches a $ 5 million settlement with an undercover officer beaten during the Stockley protests
St. Louis pays $ 5 million to Black Cop who was beaten by officers when he was undercover as a protestor