The news is out: [SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A police officer accused of showing off explicit images of a University of Utah student while investigating an extortion case she filed before her 2018 death has lost his job, officials said Friday.
Officer Miguel Deras‘ employment with the Logan City Police Department ended effective immediately after an internal review of an investigation released by the state’s Department of Public Safety, Chief Gary Jensen said in a statement. The investigation concluded that Deras “mishandled sensitive evidence” pertaining to 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey’s case while he was employed with the university’s police department.
“The conclusions drawn in the DPS report are inconsistent with the high expectations and standards placed upon our officers by the community and our department,” Jensen said.
The investigation, released Wednesday, found that a group of university officers made inappropriate comments about explicit photos of McCluskey shortly before she was shot and killed by a man she had briefly dated.]
Not the first time, won’t be the last. It happened with the crash that killed Kobe Bryant. The irony in the above news is the deflection so often used: “with the high expectations and standards placed upon our officers by the community and our department.” The sham is so lame when it is repeated ad nauseum for every case.