Court ruling for Grand Junction police affirmed

Glenn Coyne

DENVER — A federal appeals court says the Grand Junction police department could have done a better job of dealing with an officer accused of raping a woman, but it is affirming a ruling that she hasn’t shown that the officer’s supervisors should be held liable for the alleged attack.

The woman filed a lawsuit against the police department saying officer Glenn Coyne responded to her 911 call in 2009 about an altercation, then raped her during a visit the next night. Coyne committed suicide days later. He had been accused of sexual assault before.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote Wednesday that though parts of the case are troubling, the woman couldn’t establish that problems in hiring, training or supervising Coyne caused the alleged rape.


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