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Sunday, August 22, 2010

[CO] Lawsuit says Grand Junction Police command staff knew now-deceased Officer Coyne was violent towards women

...The lawsuit alleges the [Grand Junction] Police Department, including former Chief Bill Gardner, current Chief John Camper and [Police Officer Glenn] Coyne’s former supervising sergeant, William Baker, knew Coyne posed a threat and had a “propensity for violence against women”...

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[CO] Officer Coyne killed himself while his department was still publicly questioning why testing gave no warning of his alleged crimes. - ...[Grand Junction Police Officer Glenn] Coyne was fired by the department Thursday night in a face-to-face meeting at the jail with Deputy Chief John Zen... on suspicion he sexually assaulted a woman in her home earlier this week... Coyne was found dead Tuesday in a Jefferson County hotel room, authorities said Wednesday... Coyne was the subject of extensive checks by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked before he joined the Grand Junction Police Department...

CITY FIGHTING LAWSUIT OVER INCIDENT THAT LED TO FIRING, SUICIDE OF OFFICER
Grand Junction Sentinel
By Paul Shockley
Saturday, August 21, 2010
[Excerpts] Attorneys for the city of Grand Junction deny claims of negligence filed in a lawsuit by a woman who alleged she was raped by a Grand Junction police officer... Denver law firm Senter, Goldfarb & Rice argued the Grand Junction Police Department and its leadership should not be liable in connection with assault allegations that led to the firing and arrest of the late 35-year-old officer Glenn Coyne... The attorneys asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit and order the woman pay the city’s legal fees. The lawsuit alleges the Police Department, including former Chief Bill Gardner, current Chief John Camper and Coyne’s former supervising sergeant, William Baker, knew Coyne posed a threat and had a “propensity for violence against women” following unrelated sexual-assault allegations against the officer that were investigated in December 2008. Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined to prosecute Coyne after a criminal investigation, citing a lack of proof. Coyne was placed back on patrol in March 2009 with probationary status after an internal investigation. The lawsuit argues Coyne should have been fired [then]... The woman claimed she suffered a broken shoulder, fractured ribs and other cuts and bruises, aside from injuries consistent with a sexual assault. [Full article here]

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