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Des Moines officer charged, accused on interfering in case

February 18, 2021 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police officer has been placed on leave after being charged with a misdemeanor in which he’s accused of trying to interfere in a criminal investigation involving one of his friends.

Officer Rodney Alan Briggs was arrested Wednesday by police in nearby Altoona and charged with non-felonious misconduct in office, the Des Moines Police Department said in a news release Thursday.

The release said Briggs exceeded his authority as a police officer by trying to persuade Southeast Polk School District employees to give him video evidence related to an ongoing Altoona police investigation involving a friend of Briggs’.

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Police did not name the friend or detail the investigation involving the friend.

The Des Moines department’s Office Of Professional Standards has initiated an internal investigation, the release said.