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Letter: Gill justified in charging W.V. detective
First Published Jun 20 2014 04:56 pm • Last Updated Jun 20 2014 04:56 pm

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.

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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 innocent enough, but it was determined misappropriation of property, a serious offense.

In October 2012, Gill authorized charges filed against me and appeared on local news stations to answer reporters questions on the charges filed. He went on to assure the public that offenses by police officers would be dealt with in an appropriate manner. Pretty embarrassing to say the least. After a number of court appearances, the D.A.’s office moved for dismissal of all charges in November 2013.

It is difficult for anyone to know all the circumstances of any case filed by the D.A.’s office, but it is only fair the Cowley case move through our judicial system regardless of his former position as a police officer.

Martin Luther Turner III

Washington, Utah




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