St. Louis County officer accused of targeting blacks fired

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 1:00 PM

CLAYTON, Mo.—A St. Louis County police lieutenant was fired Monday, nearly six months after being accused of telling officers to target and arrest blacks in a predominantly white area of the county.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lt. Patrick “Rick” Hayes was fired Monday following a six-month internal investigation.

St. Louis County police officer Randy Vaugh said the investigation began with an anonymous letter dated Dec. 24 from a county officer. He said the letter alleged that the lieutenant ordered officers under his command to focus on arresting blacks in the area of South County Center and a Wal-Mart store in south St. Louis County.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the investigation determined that Hayes violated department policies but no officers followed his commands.

Hayes declined comment but his attorney, Neil Bruntrager, vowed to appeal, calling the internal investigation “flawed.”

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.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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