Reports gives insight into reinstatement of police captain

4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 10:13:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers insight into why the city's Civil Service Commission reinstated a fired police captain who altered a police report.

Ryan Cousins, who is black, alleged in a lawsuit that race played a role in his 2016 firing. The commission ruled last month that his actions were worthy of only a reprimand.

Cousins was fired after an investigation in which a black resident was suspected of shooting at would-be burglars. Cousins was accused of freeing the man and ordering reports to be altered.

The 14-page opinion overturning the firing agreed with Cousins' attorneys' claim that the discipline was harsh compared with that of white officers involved in unrelated internal investigations.

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