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Police captain reinstated to SLMPD after 2016 termination to return to work Monday

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A police captain fired from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department last year will return to work on Monday a month after he was reinstated, his attorney said.

An attorney for Ryan Cousins confirmed to News 4 in September that the Civil Service Commission voted to give him his job back.

Cousins was terminated from the department in May of 2016. In January 2016, questions arose about how he handled a crime scene in the Baden neighborhood. At the time, allegations involved Cousins ordering officers to release suspects and alter police reports.

An internal and criminal investigation ensued. To date, Cousins has not been charged with any crime. He has filed an employment discrimination suit against the city.

The Commission found that "the preponderance of the evidence proved that there was just cause to discipline (Cousins) for directing officers to disregard evidence and to omit pertinent facts from an incident report."

However, the Commission found that the dismissal was improper that Cousins should have received a written reprimand instead. The Commission cited about a dozen other instances in which white officers were not placed on forced leave or terminated in certain situations.  

Details about how much he would be awarded in back-pay were not immediately known.

Heather Taylor from the Ethical Society of Police says the city is appealing the commission's decision.

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