Missouri appeals court backs firing of 2 KC police officers
A Missouri appeals court panel Tuesday upheld the firings of two Kansas City police officers who did not call an ambulance for a pregnant woman they arrested in 2006.
The woman, Sofia Salva, complained of bleeding during the arrest and later miscarried.
A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City found that the city’s Board of Police Commissioners did not abuse its discretion in firing Kevin Schnell and Melody Spencer. In both cases, the court ruled that the board acted on “competent and substantial evidence.”
Morgan Lehi Roach, a lawyer representing the former officers, could not be reached for comment. The board settled Salva’s claims against the Police Department for $750,000.
On Feb. 5, 2006, the officers arrested Salva for having a fake license tag on her car. She told police nine times during the stop’s first five minutes that she was bleeding or wanted to go to a hospital.
Taken to the hospital about 9 a.m. the next day, Salva delivered a premature baby who did not survive. | Mark Morris, email@example.com