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Reports gives insight into reinstatement of police captain

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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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch