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Saturday, March 29, 2008

[CO] Acquitted of dv, Officer Sandoval offered $13,500 to resign

Denver cop offered $13,500 to resign
Rocky Mountain News
Daniel J. Chacon
March 28, 2008
A Denver police officer fired over domestic violence allegations — a firing that was later overturned — is being offered $13,500 from the city to resign from the force and drop a civil lawsuit against the Police Department. The proposed settlement with Officer Steven Sandoval and his attorneys in exchange for his "voluntary resignation" is up for City Council approval on Tuesday. Sandoval and his wife were allegedly involved in a domestic violence altercation on Aug. 13, 2005. Aurora police received a 911 call from the officer's wife, who said Sandoval was hitting her, according to city documents. When officers arrived at their home, neither Sandoval nor his wife were there, according to records. Afterward, Sandoval's wife declined to file a police report. Aurora police reported the incident to Denver's Internal Affairs Bureau, which conducted an investigation into the allegations "as well as other alleged domestic violence altercations between Officer Sandoval and his wife from 2002 to 2005"... After the internal investigation was completed, Safety Manager Al LaCabe fired Sandoval for violating department rules and regulations. Sandoval appealed his dismissal to the Civil Service Commission, and a hearing officer "found that Sandoval did not assault his wife" on Aug. 13, 2005. The hearing officer changed the dismissal to a 30-day suspension. Sandoval could not be reached. His attorney, Doug Jewell, declined to comment until the council considers the proposed settlement.

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