ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced Thursday afternoon that a grand jury has indicted four St. Louis city police officers for the alleged assault of a fellow undercover officer during protests and riots following the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley last September.
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden says the department asked for assistance from the FBI after learning of the allegations.
Documents released by the U.S. attorney indicate that three of the four officers, 35-year-old Dustin Boone, 31-year-old Randy Hayes, and 27-year-old Christopher Myers assaulted the undercover officer, and also communicated electronically about being excited that they would be able to use "unjustified force" against protesters and, "go undetected while doing so."
Officers Boone, Hays and Myers allegedly threw the officer, a 22-year police veteran, to the ground and kicked and hit him with a baton. Federal prosecutors allege that they did so while he was, "compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone."
They are also accused of trying to cover up how they conducted his arrest after they learned who he was by destroying his cell phone, and trying to persuade him against pursuing legal or disciplinary action against them.
Also indicted is 25-year-old Bailey Colletta, who was in a romantic relationship with Officer Hays at the time and allegedly witnessed the arrest. She is charged with attempting to obstruct a grand jury proceeding for allegedly lying about the incident to the grand jury.
All four officers were part of the department's Civil Disobedience Team at the time. The department says that they have been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Police Chief John Hayden released a statement shortly after the indictments were announced:
Our Department solicited the assistance of the FBI after allegations surfaced that an undercover St. Louis City Police Officer was assaulted by other St. Louis City Police Officers during a night of civil unrest following the verdict in former Officer Jason Stockley’s case.
A federal investigation was initiated, and our Department was fully cooperative. That investigation culminated this week with the announcement of indictments of those involved (listed below), who have been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Dustin Boone, 35-year old, male, with 2-years of service
Bailey Colletta, 25-year old, female, with 1.5-years of service
Randy Hays, 31-year old, male, with 8-years of service
Christopher Myers, 27-year old, male, with 3-years of service
I am deeply disappointed in the alleged actions of these individual officers; however, it is in no way reflective of the hard work and dedication exhibited by the men and women of our Department who serve the community on a daily basis with integrity and honor.
Our officers must be held to the highest standard of professionalism, and I expect them to abide by the very same laws they are sworn to uphold, as they have an ethical obligation to the citizens of this community. I want to ensure the community that this Department will continue to be open, honest, and transparent in our commitment to make the City of St. Louis a safer place for all to live, work, and visit.