Police union suing for legal costs after dismissal of manslaughter case against officer


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SALT LAKE CITY — A police officer's union is suing West Valley City for legal costs following the dismissal of a manslaughter case against a former police officer.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1AVyv9Q) that the attorney for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police is requesting $350,000 in attorney's fees and court costs that were racked up after the district attorney charged former police officer Shawn Cowley with the crime.

Utah FOP general counsel Bret Rawson said in a complaint filed Monday that West Valley City officials did not respond to his request for reimbursement.

Crowley fatally shot an unarmed 21-year-old woman during a 2012 drug investigation. A judge threw the out the case in October, saying there was not enough evidence that Crowley's actions were unjustified.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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