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Letter claims West Valley City is firing detective named in corruption accusations

WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 News) – Allegations of corruption inside the West Valley Police Department are taking another turn. Friday a letter was sent to ABC 4 news claiming one of the detectives involved in the alleged corruption is now being fired, but West Valley City is telling ABC 4 the letter is wrong.
WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 News) – Allegations of corruption inside the West Valley Police Department are taking another turn. Friday a letter was sent to ABC 4 news claiming one of the detectives involved in the alleged corruption is now being fired, but West Valley City is telling ABC 4 the letter is wrong.

The West Valley detective whose name is popping up in several allegations of corruption now appears to be popping up on a pink slip. According to a letter from an attorney representing the Fraternal Order of Police, Thursday West Valley police told Detective Shaun Cowley they were going to fire him in the next 7-10 days. "The police department cited issues of "mishandling evidence, insubordination, and dereliction of duty."

Cowley was one of two officers who shot and killed Danielle Willard last November. Cowley is mentioned in many of the 19 West Valley drug cases dismissed by the Salt Lake County District Attorney, and Cowley was a member of the West Valley Neighborhood Narcotics Unit now being investigated by the FBI for corruption. Right now West Valley police are refusing to talk about Cowley's possible termination.

"So as a police department you're not going to respond to anything regarding the letter?" Reporter Brian Carlson asked police.

When Carlson called police Friday they didn't want to comment, and referred him to city spokesperson Aaron Crim. He told Carlson he doesn't know where this letter is getting its information, but said claims that Cowley is losing his job are simply not true.

"No decision has been made at all. In fact the police chief is the only person who can make that decision, she has not determined anything," said Aaron Crim, West Valley City Spokesperson.

You can decide for yourself whether you believe the letter or West Valley City. Either way, you'll find out which one is right in the next 7-10 days.

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