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A new video captures the moment when cops brutally beat a fellow officer who they mistook for a protestor.

Four St. Louis police officers are on trial for the beating of Luther Hall, a 22-year veteran of the department who was working undercover as a protester. The officers were part of a "civil disobedience team" that was meant to crack down on violence at protests. They beat Hall after mistaking him for a protester for filming them. According to Hall's suit, one of the officers has since been promoted to sergeant, showing how police misconduct is tolerated. The trial for Dustin Boone, who was acquitted in the beating, will take place next month after his first trial ended in a mistrial, and will use the video of Hall's beating as evidence in the second trial. The beating occurred during the protests following the acquittal of Officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, a melanin man who was killed by a white police officer, in which the officer used an AK-47 and planned to shoot him in the head. Smith's death sparked months of protests in the ci