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Case Number: 4:18-cr-00975-JAR
Judge: John A. Ross
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: St. Louis, Missouri criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with depriving another of their constitutional rights.
Christopher Myers, 30, of St. Louis, Missouri pleaded guilty to willfully depriving another of their civil rights by damaging the property of former undercover police officer Luther Hall, while acting under color of law. J
As a result of the 2017 acquittal of a former police officer on a state murder charge, protests were taking place in downtown St. Louis. In an effort by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to keep peace and order, the victim undercover officer was assigned to the protest detail. During the protest, SLMPD officers, to include Myers, encountered Hall amongst others.
According to the plea agreement, Myers damaged Hall's cell phone by throwing the cell phone, and, in doing so, did willfully deprive Hall of rights and privileges secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that is, the right to be secure against unreasonable seizures of property.
Dustin Boone was previously found guilty during trial of aiding and abetting the deprivation of civil rights under color of law and sentenced to 12 months and a day. Bailey Colletta previously pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal grand jury and was sentenced to probation. Randy Hays, who had earlier pleaded guilty to his role in the matter, was sentenced to a 52-month term of imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to one year of probation.