St. Louis County Police Board to Weigh Fate of Lieutenant Accused of Racial Profiling

By Byers, Christine | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), March 17, 2016 | Go to article overview

St. Louis County Police Board to Weigh Fate of Lieutenant Accused of Racial Profiling


Byers, Christine, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


CLAYTON * The St. Louis County police board may vote as early as Monday on whether to reinstate former Lt. Patrick "Rick" Hayes, who was fired nearly three years ago after internal affairs investigators determined that he ordered officers to profile African- Americans around shopping centers in South County.

Former Chief Tim Fitch fired Hayes in May 2013 after multiple officers said they heard Hayes use racist language in ordering them to target blacks in and around south St. Louis County shopping centers.

Hayes has insisted that he was the victim of retaliation for being a disciplinarian in his precinct. The police department investigation determined that none of the officers followed Hayes' orders a finding with which the St. Louis city chapter of the NAACP took issue, but the county's chapter did not.

Hayes appealed Fitch's decision, which triggered a police board trial. A hearing officer determines facts and delivers a private recommendation to the board.

Police board trials are rare in St. Louis County, and traditionally have been in public. But attorneys for St. …

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