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City attorney finds no fault in officer conduct


Posted 10/03/17 (Tue)

City attorney finds no fault in officer conduct

By Marcus White

Tioga City Attorney Liz Pendlay last week said there was no wrongdoing on the part of the police department in regard to an appearance by police officials at a Bismarck hearing. However, corrective action is being taken to avoid miscommunication by city officials in the future.

Last week the Tribune reported the city would be looking into possible misconduct following an August hearing of the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) board where Lt. Sean Duisen represented the department. Last week the city auditor said the city had no knowledge of the hearing regarding former officer Monique Lopez, nor Duisen’s participation in it.

The Tribune raised questions in an earlier article about potential conflicts and policy violations in light of a personal relationship between current Chief of Police Corey Murphy and Lopez. It was while investigating that story the Tribune made an open records request to obtain the audio recording of the POST hearing for Lopez.

During that hearing, Duisen’s testimony gives the impression the city commission held a meeting where it was agreed Lopez should be fired. When POST board members questioned Duisen about some irregularities in the Lopez paperwork, Duisen said what he thought Murphy’s reasons were for failing to request a POST investigation.

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