According to KMOV-TV, an internal investigation is under way over concerns that a St. Louis County police lieutenant ordered officers to target and arrest blacks in a predominantly white area of the county.
Officer Randy Vaughn with the St. Louis County Police Department confirms Lt. Patrick Hayes is on unpaid leave pending outcome of the investigation.
Vaughn said the investigation began with an anonymous letter dated Dec. 24 from a county officer. He said the letter alleged that the lieutenant ordered officers under his command to focus on arresting blacks in the area of South County Center and a Wal-Mart store in south St. Louis County.
Information from KMOV.com contributed to this report.