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2 fired from unit that investigates police misconduct

wyndotte county district attorney mark dupree
Posted at 4:12 PM, May 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-26 17:12:35-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two employees of an independent unit that investigates accusations of excessive police force or misconduct in Wyandotte County have been fired because of comments that were made on an audio recording.

The county prosecutor's office said in a news release Wednesday that the remarks "violated the office's code of conduct." The release didn't provide the names of the former employees of the Community Integrity Unit or describe what they said.

The release only said that the recording was made during working hours and that the prosecutor's office was made aware of it last week.

A review also was conducted, and the prosecutor's office wrote that it determined that the former employees didn't handle cases involving persons or groups that were targets of their remarks.

"A person's age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or social economic status must not, will not ever be permitted to be used as an excuse for unfair, or unequal treatment under the law by or in the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office," the release said. "A violation of these principles will not be tolerated and will result in immediate termination of the offender."