Three St. Louis Police Officers Removed from Duty amid Allegations of Criminal Conduct

Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 4, 2015

A city police officer badly wounded in an off-duty shootout last year is among three officers who have been removed from duty as part of a criminal and internal investigation, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

The officers are Don McGhee, Keith Major and Durand Brassfield, according to police sources.

The department opened internal and criminal investigations months ago after it became aware of allegations that the officers may be involved in criminal activity that included assisting drug dealers, the sources say.


In the statement, Chief Sam Dotson said, “The department will continue to be vigorous in efforts to root out officers whose actions compromise the integrity of the organization. We hold our officers to a high standard and expect them to abide by the very same laws they are sworn to uphold.”

McGhee was critically injured Dec. 19 after he pulled up to the curb in the 3800 block of North 25th Street and began to get out of a truck. A car drove alongside him and someone opened fire.

McGhee returned fire, killing Terrell Beasley, 28, of the 4000 block of Cleveland Avenue, officials said. Beasley’s body was found a few hours later in a burning vehicle along the 700 block of Thrush Avenune in the Baden neighborhood.


No motive for the attack was made public, but the sources said they believed McGhee was targeted.


Don McGhee and Keith Major

Don McGhee and Keith Major


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  • It’s not American Renaissance anymore, it St. Louis Renaissance.

    Oh well, I can’t complain; I’m the one sending in all these stories.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Stop trying to RAM all these St Louis stories down our throats. That would be a CARDINAL sin.


    • evilsandmich

      Well thank you. I know they’ve printed up some of the Cleveland stories I’ve sent in; but it just got too much work to beat the racial makeup of the crimes out of the stories.

    • Bob Wallace

      Then you need the wounded cop was shot in all-black north St. Louis by a guy from south St. Louis, which is turning back. Usually those in north St. Louis are shot buy those living there.

  • MekongDelta69

    As if I really needed to click on this story to know they were black!

    I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you…

    • Oil Can Harry

      You KNOW the cop was shot by a gangsta whom he either ripped off or was a rival of in the drug trade.

      Can you tell the difference between black cops, criminals and prison guards? Me neither.

    • phillyguy

      That their is gambling going on ! ………
      Your winings sir.

    • LexiconD1

      “Assisting drug deals” was the major tip off….

      • texasoysterman

        Nah. Their being black was the tip off.

  • SentryattheGate

    Corruption will grow as the ranks of minorities grow! When public trust disappears, corruption will be everywhere—as in present-day Miami!

  • LHathaway

    Buck up, new recruits. It’s your training day.

  • RacialRay

    Black Law Enforcement Officers.

    I never heard of anything more oxy-moronic.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      And with the stupid tattoos too. That should be an automatic disqualification.

      • InAFreeCountry

        Dem tats be part of dey culcha!

    • APaige

      Black Intellectual is the ‘Jumbo shrimp’ of race.

  • connorhus

    Next up DOJ and My People Holder investigate all police forces for racism in their department internal investigations.

    It’s a never ending circle with Blacks.

  • dd121

    We all know the real criminals are black. Hell, they can’t hire more black cops because they can’t any who don’t have a criminal record or can pass a drug test. (true)

  • APaige

    Based on the left/Black argument if only these three were working in Ferguson there would be less crime and no riots. The only difference between a Black criminal gang member and a Black cop is the uniform.

  • John Smith

    I feel many blacks, probably a little smarter than average, become cops because it is a great gig from which to commit crimes and drive away the competition and when on the inside, suspicion seldom falls on you and those in charge will do what they can to deflect trouble from you for as long as they can even when it does.

    • IstvanIN

      And a cops word is considered fact, they can lie with impurity.

      • LHathaway

        Cops shouldn’t be considered criminals (nor all the sinners, saints) but they should be held to high standards – if only so we know we can have faith in them.

    • Sick of it

      We have one locally who simply cannot be removed. If we could still “disappear” criminals, he would be at the top of the list.

  • Alex Dihes

    The judge sentences the defender to 50 years imprisonment.
    — Your honor, I am 87.
    — Sir, I don’t ask you to do anything impossible. Take as many as you can.

  • Alex Dihes

    In court the prosecutor calls his first witness – old grand-grandmother – and begins questioning:
    – Mrs. Jones, do you know me?
    – Well, of course I know you, Mr. Williams. I know since you were a baby, and frankly, you disappoint me a lot. You’re lying, cheating on his wife, manipulate people and talk badly behind them. You have ignorance to think that you are a big man, because you do not have brain to understand that you just petty bureaucrats.
    The man is in shock. Not knowing what to do next, he points across the room and asks:
    – Mrs. Jones, do you know the lawyer?
    – Well, of course I know. I know Mr. Bradley, too, from his youthful nails. He’s lazy, a bigot, and he has a problem with alcohol. He can not build a normal relationship with anyone and his law firm – one of the worst in our state. Not to mention the fact that he cheats on his wife with three different women. By the way, one of them is your wife. Yes, I know everyone in the town.
    The counsel is neither alive nor dead.

    The judge asks both lawyers to approach him and says quietly:
    – If any of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you both to the electric chair.