Ex-MO Prosecutors Punished, Covered Up Beating

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The Missouri Supreme Court suspended the law licenses of two former St. Louis prosecutors for covering up a police beating of a handcuffed suspect in 2014. Katherine Anne “Katie” Dierdorf cannot apply for reinstatement for three years, and Ambry Schuessler for two years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The court cited “the severity of Ms. Dierdorf’s misconduct as a result of her dishonesty and instruction of others to conceal information about the incident” and Schuessler’s “repeated dishonesty during and interference with the federal prosecution of the police detective” in their decision.

Michael Downey responded that Dierdorf had “promptly and repeatedly attempted to remedy her earlier misstatements but was rebuffed by her supervisors” and that she voluntarily produced thousands of text messages to the FBI. The incident that started it all was the beating of a handcuffed suspect, Michael Waller, by then-St. Louis police officer Thomas Carroll on July 22, 2014. The next morning, another prosecutor told Dierdorf and an intern that Carroll had beaten Waller. Dierdorf did not report the incident to supervisors. Carroll later told Schuessler he had punched and kicked Waller, hit him with a chair and stuck his gun in Waller’s mouth. Schuessler responded with what the court called a “racist and homophobic comment about the suspect’s assault.”

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