[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...OFFICER’S WIDOW SUES POLICE, SHERIFF OVER SUICIDE
[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 [et al], knew Coyne posed a threat and had a “propensity for violence against women”...
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Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
By Paul Shockley
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
[Excerpts] The widow of Grand Junction officer Glenn Coyne claims in a federal lawsuit that investigators had doubts about sexual assault allegations against her husband, but moved forward with a criminal case anyway. Michelle Coyne, now a Florida resident, alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver that local authorities are responsible for her husband’s suicide, which happened five days after Coyne’s arrest and firing on Oct. 1, 2009... The lawsuit names Police Chief John Camper, the department and city, as well as Sheriff Stan Hilkey, the sheriff’s department, two investigators involved in Glenn Coyne’s case, and Coyne’s alleged victim... The lawsuit claims investigators were “doubtful” about the woman’s report. “During the course of that pretext call, Officer Coyne said he came to (alleged victim’s) home on Sept. 29, 2009, to have fun,” the lawsuit alleges. Coyne was arrested Oct. 1 and a Mesa County judge later found probable cause for suspicion of first-degree sexual assault and burglary. Coyne’s alleged victim has said in a separate lawsuit she suffered a broken shoulder, fractured ribs and bruises, aside from other injuries consistent with sexual assault. The woman has her own pending federal lawsuit against Camper, former Chief Bill Gardner, the police department and others inside the department. [Full article here]
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