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Arbitrator reinstates Eden Prairie officer fired for warrant

March 16, 2020 GMT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A state arbitrator has reinstated a former Eden Prairie police detective accused of falsifying a search warrant in a drug case.

The arbitrator says Travis Serafin did not intentionally falsify the record. The Star Tribune reports the arbitrator ordered Serafin reinstated by April 1 without back pay.

Eden Prairie officials said they received the notice Monday and are reviewing it but have made no decision on whether to appeal.

Serafin’s lawyer, Isaac Kaufman of Law Enforcement Labor Services union, says his client is “very pleased” with the decision.

Serafin’s actions led Hennepin County prosecutors to dismiss charges against an admitted drug dealer and open investigations into other cases Serafin handled. Eden Prairie fired Serafin.

Last May, McLeod County Attorney Michael Junge said that Serafin won’t face criminal charges for intentionally giving false testimony.