Mis­souri ap­peals court backs fir­ing of 2 KC po­lice of­fi­cers

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL | -

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, mmor­ris@kc­star.com

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