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Undercover cop awarded $23 million after his fellow officers beat him up

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A clear case of miscommunication that left an undercover officer beaten and bloody has come to a close. A St. Louis circuit judge awarded Luther Hall $23 million for the damage he suffered during the 2017 incident.

According to the St. Louis American, Hall, who is black, and his partner Louis Naes, who is white, were embedded with a massive group of protesters in 2017. Officers in the civil disobedience team arrested more than 120 people during that protest, including Hall and Naes. Naes reported his arrest “was routine” but “beat the f**k out of (Hall)…like Rodney King.”

The protesters were organized after another St. Louis officer was acquitted of manslaughter charges over the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

More than 200 officers were out in riot gear to keep the peace.

The investigation revealed the three officers who arrested Hall exchanged text messages saying they were excited to beat up protesters, liked to internal investigators about the amount of force they used, and downplayed the injuries Hall suffered.

Those three were all reprimanded and two of them were found guilty on charges.

The city has already paid out more than $5 million in civil rights violation settlements stemming from the 2017 protest.

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