St. Louis County Police Fire Lt. Patrick Hayes, Accused of Targeting Blacks For Arrests

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Lt. Patrick Hayes.
"Let's have a black day." "Let's make the jail cells more colorful."

These are statements that St. Louis County Police Lieutenant Patrick Hayes allegedly made while encouraging other officers to specifically target black residents for arrests, the Post-Dispatch reports.

Police spokesman Randy Vaughn confirms to Daily RFT that Hayes received his termination letter yesterday morning. It appears that multiple officers made complaints against him, prompting an internal investigation. The attorney of the now terminated lieutenant, however, tells a very different story.

Vaughn tells us that Chief Tim Fitch has details on this investigation and is unavailable for comment today.

Vaughn adds that he has never heard of accusations like this in his time at the department and that it's safe to say this is a rare case. Hayes has served for about twenty years.

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Chief Tim Fitch.

The P-D, meanwhile, has a whole slew of troubling details -- as well as the defense from the fired lieutenant's attorney, who argues that this all stems from officers who had a vendetta against Hayes.

The termination apparently comes after a six-month internal investigation into whether Hayes had ordered officers to target black people in and around retail centers in south county.

The chief and another lieutenant had reportedly received an anonymous letter in December from a county officer alleging that Hayes had ordered those in his command in the fourth precinct to focus on arresting black individuals in the area of South County Center.

The investigation led Fitch to determine that Hayes violated department policies by using "inappropriate racial references," the paper reports, adding that no officers actually followed his command. He says:

I'm very disappointed. This appears to be an anomaly and it's not our normal way of doing business and that's why we took the action we took.

Hayes' attorney, Neil Bruntrager, however, tells the paper that the investigation was flawed and that he will appeal the termination.

He maintains that the allegations are false and says that officials brought Hayes into that precinct to increase productivity.

Daily RFT also left a message with Bruntrager and will update if we hear back.

The investigation is ongoing.

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35 comments
auntbea
auntbea

I've been going up to the satellite court in South County on occasion since 2006.  I've lived in south county most of my life  and it was clear to me there was profiling from the percentages of non white people in the courtroom even then, so if those allegations or true, he was expressing behavior already apparently approved of by the numbers I saw.  I also don't believe it was fair that they limited people in the courtroom to those that were ticketed, I witnessed a Mexican man who was not allowed to take his interpreter into the court room.  It's about time these racist are called out, but it's been going on for years.

max_in_missouri
max_in_missouri

If he really ordered the cops to arrest more blacks, that's messed up.

He could have just said "arrest more criminals" and the other part would have been implicit

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

if cops can't do their job because someone is of color is at fault, don't come crying when your hit over the head & robed or just punched because your white...you bet st. louis is racist...never seen so many white haters anywhere else in this country...it is sad!

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

Does his comment display his character,or do his professional observations and experience influence his sense of humor?

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Not Really Surprising......heard alot of his under currents, for along time.....

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Racial profiling works, that's why they do it..

Donald Creswell
Donald Creswell

Minority or not, your risk of going to jail decreases dramatically if you just obey the law.

Laurie Heupel
Laurie Heupel

I was trying to be nice! I could tell some stories about my landlords in South St. Louis!!!

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

it's funny to play with liberals and throw their own irony back at them.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Esteban is absolutely retarded. All you have to do is see some of his other posts to confirm this fact.

Abbey Allred Wharton
Abbey Allred Wharton

The simple appearance that they do target those of color leads to anger and disillusionment with police that is ultimately detrimental to crime-reduction efforts and creates an entirely new generation of people distrustful of the police. See "stop & frisk" in New York City as a prime example.

Dustin Freiburghaus
Dustin Freiburghaus

Keyword: Allegedly adj. Represented as existing or as being as described but not so proved; supposed.

Joe-Well Sure-Vin
Joe-Well Sure-Vin

at least cops can get fired for being racist in STL. in Portland cops can't get fired for killing people of color.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

by targeting blacks, they are making sure all the colors of the rainbow are in the jail.

Todd Alan
Todd Alan

Esteban? "works to achieve a more diverse environment"? What are u talking about? That has nothing to do with this story

Latoria Tims
Latoria Tims

Shit who didn't know that lol Lbvs ...been goin on for years and years

Laurie Heupel
Laurie Heupel

Having lived in St. Louis this doesn't surprise me there was some real pockets of racists in that community!

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

liberals cry about things not being "diverse" and someone works to achieve a more diverse environment and he gets fired for it. awesome!

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

On the positive note - it's good people like this are too fucking stupid to keep their mouths shut.

bigmizzax
bigmizzax

@Mark Sure, I would say keeping middle aged men away from daycare centers is probably a good idea. 

That one backfire on you?

Mark
Mark

@max_in_missouri @kellyinpdx  


Max in Missouri, you're an A class asshole. You won't laugh when something bad happens in your family will you?

max_in_missouri
max_in_missouri

@kellyinpdx Racial jokes are absolutely hilarious.  Again, no reason to be an uptight bitch.  I know that probably hits a little close to home for you, but you'll have more fun if you let it unpucker just a lil...

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