Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

St. Louis Cop Pleads Guilty to Beating Handcuffed Suspect

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 4:28 PM

click to enlarge St. Louis police officers. Some officers who aren't identified are accused of alerting Thomas Carroll that his daughter's credit card had been found on a suspect. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/PAUL SABLEMAN
  • Photo courtesy of Flickr/Paul Sableman
  • St. Louis police officers. Some officers who aren't identified are accused of alerting Thomas Carroll that his daughter's credit card had been found on a suspect.

A St. Louis police officer has pleaded guilty to beating a handcuffed suspect who he believed had stolen his daughter's stolen credit card.

In his guilty plea, officer Thomas Carroll acknowledged beating the man while was he cuffed, throwing him into a chair and against the wall and threatening him by brandishing a gun and putting it into the suspect's mouth.
Michael Waller - BOOKING PHOTO
  • Michael Waller

The suspect is not identified within the plea agreement, but has previously been identified as Michael Waller.

Waller allegedly had a credit card belonging to Carroll's daughter on him when he was arrested at Ballpark Village in July 2014 — and so Carroll's fellow officers alerted him to the fact that the man was in custody.

Carroll, now 52, admits to yelling at the handcuffed man as he sat in another officer's patrol car, telling him he'd made a "huge mistake" and "broke into the wrong girl's car." Once they were back at the Central Patrol police station, despite orders from a supervisor to stay away from Waller, Carroll charged in and beat him in an interview room, even though he was shackled to the floor, according to the plea agreement.

Carroll pled guilty to one count of "Deprivation of Rights." He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing. He was taken into custody immediately after his plea, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Missouri, which is prosecuting the case.

“I have zero tolerance for the actions of police officers who discard justice for their own angry vendetta,” said U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson. “I know the vast majority of law enforcement officers join me in repudiating this brand of brutality. This former police officer not only violated the civil rights of a person in police custody, he violated the public trust and his oath of office.”

Previously, assistant prosecutor Bliss Worrell pleaded guilty to helping cover up the assault by filing charges against Waller for supposedly "resisting arrest" — even though she knew Carroll had actually beaten him without provocation.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation