Deliberations begin against 3 officers charged in beating

March 26, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jurors began deliberations Friday in the federal trial for three white St. Louis police officers accused of beating a Black undercover colleague whom prosecutors said they mistook for a protestor.

Dustin Boone, Steven Korte and Christopher Myers are all charged with deprivation of rights under color of law connected to the attack on Luther Hall. Myers is also charged with destruction of evidence for allegedly smashing Hall’s cell phone. Korte faces an additional count of lying to the FBI.

Hall said he was beaten “like Rodney King” by his colleagues during a September 2017 demonstration after the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a former officer accused of killing a Black suspect. His injuries required multiple surgeries.

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Two other officers previously entered pleas in the case. Randy Hays pleaded guilty in 2018 to one felony count of deprivation of rights under color of law and admitted hitting Hall with a baton and shoving him to the ground. Bailey Colletta pleaded guilty to making false statements to the grand jury about the assault.

Korte is still with the department, but the others have all left.