- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A police officer is facing a charge of attempting to influence a public official in a northern Colorado county following the results of a district attorney’s investigation.

The Tribune of Greeley reports (https://bit.ly/1HAlp64) 45-year-old Loveland Police Detective Brian Koopman was placed on administrative leave Wednesday over the charge related to the prosecution of homicide suspect Leroy Wallace last year.

Wallace later took a plea agreement for the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

Documents filed by the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office say Koopman lied during the criminal proceedings.

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office led the investigation at the request of Eighth Judicial District Attorney Cliff Riedel.

Koopman has not been convicted of a crime in Colorado but has been named in nine civil lawsuits since 1996.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, https://greeleytribune.com

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