Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Ron Hosko On Cowley Victory: 'Facts Still Matter'

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Ron Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund and former assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, praised the decision by Third District Judge L.A. Dever of Salt Lake City, Utah, to decline to hear the case against West Valley police detective Shaun Cowley, saying:

“We congratulate Shaun Cowley, his wife, their loved ones and their legal team for prevailing during this heart-wrenching process. We are overjoyed and that Shaun Cowley’s Case has been dismissed after a long, excruciating nightmare for him and his family. This case should have never been brought against this decorated officer, but the district attorney of Salt Lake County had other plans stemming from apparent political motives.
“This unfortunate ordeal is yet another example of the state attacking law enforcement agents—those who risk their lives in service to our communities. Even still, it took 18 months for the state to bring charges for the decision of an endangered police officer that occurred over the span of a second a half.
“Today’s ruling reaffirms that despite the growing disparity between cops and civilians, exacerbated all too often by government officials with anti-law enforcement agendas, the facts still matter. Even though Shaun Cowley has been vindicated in a court of law, his life has been forever changed by this experience and his family has a difficult road ahead to restore his reputation and secure their future.
"LELDF is proud to have assisted Shaun Cowley and his family throughout these proceedings with our financial support. We will continue to stand with law enforcement agents across the country who are wrongfully accused in the line of duty.”