A St. Louis man accused of plotting to kill police officers during the Ferguson protests in order to provoke violence also spoke of his plan to glue a gun to an African-American’s hand to get him shot by officers, according to what an FBI agent’s testimony Thursday in federal court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
Special Agent Ankur Patel’s testimony came in a hearing on defense lawyer Matthew Radefeld’s motion to toss out evidence against David Michael Hagler, 53. U.S. Magistrate Judge Noelle Collins asked for additional briefs before ruling.
In court filings and in court, Radefeld said that two confidential informers used by the St. Louis police and the FBI gave false information, or information not borne out by a raid of Hagler’s home, in the 1100 block of Howell Street, near the Halls Ferry Circle, in March.
In an interview, Radefeld cautioned that many of the claims against Hagler were just talk.
“Are his statements racist or prejudiced? Well, yeah,” he said. “I don’t think they’re very flattering comments.” But he said there is no evidence “that he would ever follow through with any of that.”
The informers’ claims about Hagler’s plans to harm police led to the raid and the discovery of about two dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. He faces charges of machine gun possession, making false statements during the purchase of a gun, possession of firearms after having been convicted of a domestic assault and possession of firearms by a marijuana user.
One informer was quoted as saying he had seen “substantial deterioration” in Hagler’s “morality” recently, fueled by his long-standing hatred of his ex-wife, “events” in Ferguson and Hagler’s fear of losing his property over unpaid taxes.
During Patel’s testimony, he said that Hagler’s conversations either were relayed to police by the informers or caught on recordings.
Patel further said that Hagler talked of using Super Glue to attach a gun to an African-American man’s hand, pushing him in front of police and yelling, “Gun!”
He said Hagler also spoke of removing the firing pin from a pistol, selling it in his neighborhood and watching what would happen.
Hagler is quoted from a recording as saying, “If you really want to stir things up in Ferguson all you had to do is shoot a couple of the cops while the protesters were out demonstrating.”
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