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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - There’s rising support in the 6th district in St. Louis City for a suspended police captain.

He's being investigated for twice ordering officers to release suspects in felony crimes.

St. Louis Alderwoman Dionne Flowers had glowing things to say about Captain Ryan Cousins. That he is a husband, father, soccer and boxing coach for youngsters and has made a difference in the fight against crime in the sixth district.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that cousins, a 19-year St. Louis police department veteran, was put on forced leave in February without pay while internal affairs and federal investigators try to determine whether he twice ordered officers to release suspects in felony cases.

Alderwoman Flowers called a news conference today to say that she has collected 455 letters from citizens who are concerned that a smear campaign is being waged against Cousins who has been working to better their Baden Neighborhood and other areas in the sixth district. Flowers says the letters will be sent to the mayor and the police chief. She complains that the department acted too harshly and quickly to discipline Cousins.

Alderwoman Flowers says she is asking the mayor and the police chief to attend a neighborhood meeting April 21st to answer questions about the action against Captain Cousins. The police department says it can`t comment on an ongoing internal affairs investigation.