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West Valley City fires embattled police detective Shaun Cowley

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  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    Good job Chief!

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    It's a start!

  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    The decision to fire this officer was based on emotion, politics, and the court of public opinion. Nothing more.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 3:30 a.m.

    Charge him for shooting and killing Willard if the shooting was not justified.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    This action also demonstrates Sim Gill was right that cases were tainted by this dirty officer and should be dropped.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Too little, too late. Time for some serious criminal charges and some aggressive prosecution. A badge should never be considered a license to act without consequences.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    The law enforcement community needs to obey and respect the law, not the "band of brothers". It is not the police versus the public.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    Amen! At very least, charge this bad cop with negligent homicide, but he should not walk away from this murder.

  • Russell Howes Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 13, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    I don't get why he got fired. The guys in 21 Jump Street did the exact same thing and they're heroes.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Sept. 13, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    HOLY COW! Let's dog-pile on the police. Ain't a single one that's straight, is there? It's us against all those crooked cops. Not a one would lift a finger to help us if the choice were us or a donut.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 13, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    Someone thinks..."The decision to fire this officer was based on emotion, politics, and the court of public opinion. Nothing more."

    except for theā€¦"misplaced or mishandled drugs and money, keeping trophies from cases, improper use of confidential informants and using GPS tracking on vehicles without a warrant."

    "Lindsay Jarvis, Cowley's attorney, called his firing "a facade" and "cowardly."

    Unlike the person she's defending, who acted behind his own Facade and Bravely shot that unarmed girl, then lied about it.

  • Alaskn Hooper, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    If the firing of Officer Cowley wasn't based on impropriey and unlawful, illegal and/or negligent handling of evidence, then the suit filed by his attorney will bring it out and the new Chief will have to account for that.
    However, based on the evidence (something Cowley failed to properly handle as he was taught from the begining of his police career), the fact cases were dismissed due to tainted evidence, the fact evidence were found in places they shouldn't have been, without complete and total chain of custody being maintained, and his unwillingness to accept responsbility for that (rather he is blaming poor leadership and lack of training), he should be fired.
    And that doesn't even start to unravel the truth of the shooting of an unarmed women who was not an immediate threat to the officers safety when the trigger was pulled by officer Cowley.
    West Valley City has a big hole to dig out of and a reputation that needs to be restored. Keeping officers on the force that seeminly thumb their nose at the law isn't the way to do that.
    A peace officer must live the laws they enforce!