Cowley v. West Valley City

West Valley City, Utah undercover officer shoots, kills woman. The police dep’t determines the shooting was unjustified and discovers that the officer took cash and a “white powdery substance” out of the evidence room and didn’t return it. He’s fired, appeals, is reinstated, and then voluntarily resigns in exchange for $120k payout. Manslaughter charges against him are dismissed for lack of probable cause. Former officer: I was retaliated against because, during the investigation into the shooting, I told internal affairs that misconduct in the undercover unit was endemic. I’m a whistleblower. Tenth Circuit: Not so.

Tags: 2019, Police, Retaliation, Tenth Circuit

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