Adam Feaman, 40, is charged with second-degree assault and armed criminal action. Charging documents say that in August 2017, Feaman hit Jamal White in the head, breaking his jaw, during an arrest. Feaman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner delivers an “exclusion list” of 28 officers from whom she will no longer accept criminal cases. She said she would review open criminal cases associated with those officers. Her critics continue to complain that she has not explained why some officers are on the list.
Lori Wozniak, 47, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault. Charging documents say she punished two prisoners she was transporting in August for making rude comments by slamming on the brakes of her van, causing the prisoners to slide forward on the vehicle’s metal benches. One suffered a cut above his eye. Wozniak has pleaded not guilty.
St. Louis police Officers Dustin Boone, Randy Hays and Christopher Myers are accused of beating an undercover colleague, Luther Hall, and breaking his cellphone and camera. The three were on the department’s civil disturbance team, working amid protests concerned with police use of force. Several “expressed disdain” for protesters and “excitement about using unjustified force against them and going undetected while doing so,” their indictment says. Hall was mingling with protesters. A fourth officer, Bailey Colletta, also was indicted, accused of lying to a grand jury about the incident. All four have pleaded not guilty.
Two former police officers, Marlon Caldwell and Mark Taylor, admit taking bribes in exchange for providing accident reports to a chiropractor and his wife so they could use them to drum up business. Two other former officers, Terri Owens and Cauncenet Brown, had already pleaded guilty. Brown was sentenced last month to 10 months in prison.
A police officer was arrested on suspicion of theft. He has not been charged by prosecutors.
Officer Katlyn Alix, who was off duty, was fatally shot by Officer Nathaniel Hendren at his home. Hendren was on duty and was supposed to be at least two miles away. On Jan. 25, prosecutors charged him with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. Charging documents say the two were playing a Russian roulette-like game with a revolver at the time of the shooting, and a supervisor claims Hendren and his partner, Patrick Riordan, were drinking at the time. Hendren’s lawyer has called it a tragic accident and said the criminal charges were “uninformed and unsustainable.”
St. Louis prosecutors charge Officers William Olsten and Joseph Schmitt with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Charges say Olsten was shot April 27 when he threw a man to the ground, causing that man’s gun to go off. Schmitt, they say, then shot the man from behind as he tried to move away. St. Louis prosecutors rejected charges against the man and instead charged the officers. A police union official said that the officers’ version of events was supported by colleagues and a surveillance video.
— Robert Patrick
Cases are just 'culminating at kind of the same time,' chief says, noting department is 'willing to hold people accountable'