St. Louis police chief sends internal memo following Hall verdict
Chief John Hayden sent a department-wide message Thursday, three days after a jury failed to convict three officers accused of assaulting one of their own
ST. LOUIS – Three days after a jury failed to convict three officers accused of assaulting one of their own, St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden sent a department-wide email identifying the attack as “more violent.” “Attack was called.
5 On Your Side received Hayden’s memo that read:
“As you all know, the recent verdict in the trial of the incident in which Detective Luther Hall was violently attacked by some of us has not resulted in a conviction. The accountability of officials has been and remains a pillar of my administration. This However, it is not enough. The accountability of civil servants must be recognized by all of us, as we say in the core values of our department under the heading “Fair Treatment for All.” We treat all persons with respect and dignity, regardless of their age Race. Gender, appearance, individual beliefs or lifestyle. ‘All’ include our colleagues. The public expects better of us, and we should ask better of ourselves. “
Hall worked covertly using his cell phone and camera during a 2017 protest to document property damage and other crimes when officers tried to arrest him on orders for diversion.
He told the jury that he did not want to break his cover because he did not want to jeopardize his investigation as other protesters were nearby during the arrest attempt, although he said he was being beaten.
Two officers have pleaded guilty to their roles in the attack. Three others spent the last two weeks of March in court.
A jury on Monday passed a partial verdict in which they acquitted officer Steven Korte of depriving Hall of his civil rights under the color of the law and lied to the FBI.
The jury acquitted former officer Christopher Myers for depriving Hall of his civil rights under the color of the law, but held on to whether he had deliberately destroyed Hall’s cell phone to obstruct the investigation into the attack.
The jury also hung on whether former officer Dustin Boone Hall stripped of his civil rights under the color of the law.
Myers and Boone could be tried again on these allegations and bailed out.
The statement Hayden made department-wide on Thursday sounded similar to the statement he made publicly on Tuesday. He said his department would open an internal investigation into the beatings after the federal case was completed.
Hayden said federal prosecutors asked his department to postpone an internal investigation into the matter in order to avoid prejudice to their criminal investigation into the attack.
“Our department has been working fully with the federal investigation and has been assured that the FBI will work fully with our internal investigation,” the statement said. “We hope to now receive all relevant evidence from the FBI to conduct a full and thorough internal investigation.”
Hayden’s public statement also contained the statement that the accountability of officials was a “pillar of my administration”.
Case report about Luther Hall: