COWLEY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/COWLEY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah ex-cop charged in shooting files motion to dismiss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233274-78/cowley-case-willard-motion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233274-78/cowley-case-willard-motion.html.csp">Utah ex-cop charged in shooting files motion to dismiss</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T19:10:18.975-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 07:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Embattled former West Valley City Detective Shaun Cowley appeared in court Monday afternoon — his first appearance since a former federal judge announced he would be joining Cowley’s defense team. Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, wrote a letter last week in which he asserted that the manslaughter charge against Cowley is unwarranted. “My concern that a guilty verdict in this case will jeopardize the safety of the community by making police officers fearful of defending t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58233274@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:10:18 MDT Former judge to defend WVC officer in Danielle Willard shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58228468-78/cowley-cassell-willard-gill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58228468-78/cowley-cassell-willard-gill.html.csp">Former judge to defend WVC officer in Danielle Willard shooting</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By nate carlisle</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T10:01:18.501-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 10:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A former federal judge is joining the defense team for the officer who killed Danielle Willard. Paul Cassell, who is a University of Utah law professor, said in a letter to the officer’s supporters that he has reviewed the evidence in the case and does not think charges should have been filed against Shaun Cowley. Cassell wrote that he is joining the defense team because “of my concern that a guilty verdict in this case will jeopardize the safety of the community by making police officers fea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58228468@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:01:18 MDT West Valley City pulls plug on civil service commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58183547-90/commission-hearing-officer-appeals.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58183547-90/commission-hearing-officer-appeals.html.csp">West Valley City pulls plug on civil service commission</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By courtney tanner</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T22:30:27.706-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 10:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The West Valley City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday night to dissolve the Civil Service Commission responsible for hearing appeals from firefighters and police, including the current investigation into the firing of officer Shaun Cowley, who faces separate criminal charges in the shooting death of Danielle Willard. The council also voted unanimously to replace the commission with a hearing officer who will act as a judge for appeals by all city employees, a workforce of about 1,000. Keith Stoney, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183547@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:30:27 MDT West Valley may shake up police, employee appeals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58171409-78/appeals-bunderson-commission-cowley.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58171409-78/appeals-bunderson-commission-cowley.html.csp">West Valley may shake up police, employee appeals</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Courtney Tanner</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-12T14:07:22.565-06:00">Updated Jul 12, 2014 02:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">West Valley City • For more than 30 years, the West Valley City Civil Service Commission has ruled on job-action appeals from police and firefighters. But now — just two months after the three-member panel handed the city a major upset and in the middle of its investigation of fired police Officer Shaun Cowley, who faces a separate criminal charge in the shooting death of Danielle Willard — the city may disband the commission. City Council members discussed the possibility of replacing the com...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58171409@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:07:22 MDT New corruption claims raised against Utah police department http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58158309-78/cowley-case-geragos-civil.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58158309-78/cowley-case-geragos-civil.html.csp">New corruption claims raised against Utah police department</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By jessica miller</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T22:34:17.843-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 10:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New allegations against the troubled West Valley City Police Department were revealed this week by an attorney representing the parents of Danielle Willard, who was shot and killed by police in 2012. Attorney Mark Geragos is asking a federal judge not to halt their civil court case while former Detective Shaun Cowley faces criminal prosecution for the shooting. Geragos alleges as part of a Monday court filing that an officer — not Cowley — accused of having sexual contact with potential suspect...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58158309@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:34:17 MDT Letter: Gill justified in charging W.V. detective http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58094793-82/charges-gill-filed-police.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58094793-82/charges-gill-filed-police.html.csp">Letter: Gill justified in charging W.V. detective</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T16:56:02.23-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 04:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No police officer is above the law. A young woman is dead. The current outrage against District Attorney Sim Gill for authorizing charges to be filed against former West Valley City Police Department Det. Cowley for alleged manslaughter shouldn’t be going on. I retired in January 2012 from the Utah Highway Patrol. A month following my retirement, my department initiated an investigation into my unauthorized loaning of UHP equipment, a LASER speed detection device, to a local agency. Seems inn...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58094793@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:02 MDT Letter of the week: ‘Will I be shot tomorrow?’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58094189-82/law-police-respect-cowley.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58094189-82/law-police-respect-cowley.html.csp">Letter of the week: ‘Will I be shot tomorrow?’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T16:56:01.916-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 04:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am writing in support of Sim Gill’s decision to prosecute Shaun Cowley. While citizens should respect law enforcement, this respect does not come for free. The police force must respect our individual rights and the mandates of our state and federal constitutions. Respect for law enforcement will diminish when officers overstep their authority. We all fund the police force through our tax revenue. Therefore, they work for us, the citizenry. Their job should be to protect and serve; not harass ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58094189@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:01 MDT Ex-WVC officer charged with manslaughter in Willard shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58089112-78/gill-cowley-police-willard.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58089112-78/gill-cowley-police-willard.html.csp">Ex-WVC officer charged with manslaughter in Willard shooting</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By nate carlisle</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T22:12:24.435-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nineteen months after Danielle Willard was shot to death, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced Thursday he had charged one of the West Valley City detectives involved with second-degree felony manslaughter. The charge was filed against former West Valley City narcotics Detective Shaun Cowley in 3rd District Court. However, Gill opted not to charge Kevin Salmon, the other detective who fired his weapon at Willard. Cowley was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on Thursday aft...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58089112@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:12:24 MDT