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City opens investigation into police conduct


Posted 9/26/17 (Tue)

City opens investigation into police conduct

By Marcus White

City of Tioga officials opened an investigation Friday into potential wrong doing by the police department related to its handling of the Monique Lopez case.

“There’s a lot of things done the city should have been aware of,” auditor Abby Salinas said. ‘The city is looking at a number of different angles.”

Lopez has been charged with theft of property relating to an incident where she is accused of illegally transferring money from a police bank account to her own.

In light of the charges, the Tribune several weeks ago questioned city policies relating to the continued presence of Lopez at the police department. City Attorney Liz Pendlay said last week no policies have been broken, and earlier Police Commissioner Tim Sundhagen expressed confidence in Chief Corey Murphy’s work, regardless of his personal relationship with Lopez.

Last week, the Tribune obtained an audio recording of an Aug. 16 hearing of the Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) board, which was considering adverse action against Lopez’s peace officer’s license as a result of the charges against her.

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