ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis civil rights leaders say the indictment of four city police officers provides a troubling glimpse into the mindset of officers eager to rough up protesters during a tumultuous period.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced indictments accusing officers Dustin Boone, Randy Hays and Christopher Myers of attacking an undercover colleague during a Sept. 17, 2017, protest, not knowing he was an officer, and trying to obstruct the investigation of the crime. Officer Bailey Colletta is accused of lying to a federal grand jury.

The protest was among several after Jason Stockley, a white former officer, was acquitted of killing a black suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith.

The indictment says electronic messages between the officers show disdain for protesters and excitement about using unjustified force against them.

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