Fired St. Louis County officer: I did not target blacks

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM

CLAYTON, Mo. -- The former St. Louis County police lieutenant fired over allegations of racial profiling says his accusers lied, and he wants his job back.

Patrick “Rick” Hayes was fired last week for allegedly directing officers under his command to profile blacks at a shopping mall and a Wal-Mart store in south St. Louis County. A six-month internal investigation began with an anonymous tip dated Dec. 24 from another county officer.

Hayes told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an interview published Friday that he did not direct any racial profiling, his words were twisted, and he has appealed his firing to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. The commissioners will hold a public trial on whether to reinstate Hayes.

According to Hayes’ bio, he had been with the St. Louis County Police Department since 1993. He was a watch commander in the South County precinct.

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