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St. Louis officers accused of beating undercover colleague

(AP) – A federal indictment accuses three St. Louis police officers of beating an undercover colleague during 2017 protest and, along with a fourth officer, conspiring to cover up the crime.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the indictments of Officers Dustin Boone, Randy Hays, Christopher Myers and Bailey Colletta. All four are suspended without pay.

The indictment follows an FBI investigation requested last year by St. Louis police.

The September 2017 acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley set off weeks of protests. Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty in the 2011 death of a black suspect.

The indictment alleges that Boone, Hays and Myers beat the undercover agent during a protest on Sept. 17, 2017, and that the three along with Colletta covered it up.

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