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Retrial planned in St. Louis officer’s beating by colleagues

Two white St. Louis police officers will be retried on charges stemming from the 2017 beating of a Black undercover colleague during a protest, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Jurors last week acquitted Officer Steven Korte of charges of deprivation of rights under color of law and of lying to the FBI about the attack on Officer Luther Hall. Jurors were unable to reach a decision on some charges against former officers Dustin Boone and Christopher Myers.

The attack, which injured Hall so severely that he had to undergo multiple surgeries, happened when Hall was mistaken for a protester during demonstrations that erupted after former white police Officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty in the 2011 death of a Anthony Lamar Smith, who was Black.

Myers was acquitted of a deprivation of rights count, but the jury could not reach a verdict on a charge of destruction of evidence against Myers for allegedly smashing Hall’s cellphone. The jury also deadlocked on the deprivation of rights charge against Boone, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on those counts.

The decision to retry Boone and Myers was announced during a telephone conference call, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. A new trial was set for June 7.

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