ST. LOUIS (KTRS) A former St. Louis police captain has been reinstated by the city’s Civil Service Commission a year after other officers accused him of falsifying reports of a crime. Capt. Ryan Cousins had said other officers were blaming him for their own mistakes. His firing last year stemmed from a burglary investigation in which a black man was suspected of shooting at would-be burglars. Police handcuffed the man after discovering he was a felon, which barred him from possessing a firearm. Cousins, who’s black, was accused of freeing the man and ordering reports to be altered. Cousins claimed that other officers, many of them white, blamed him to cover up their own offenses.
Cousins had scheduled a Wednesday news conference to discuss his case but cancelled because he said he was concerned over additional actions by the police department if he talked with the media.