DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines police officer is on paid administrative leave after allegedly using his authority to try to gain access to evidence from a metro school district about an Altoona Police investigation involving his girlfriend.
A news release from the Des Moines Police Department states Senior Police Officer Rodney Alan Briggs is on leave following an arrest by Altoona Police. He is charged with one count of nonfelonious misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor.
The charge stems from Briggs’ attempt to persuade Southeast Polk School District employees to give him video evidence related to an Altoona Police Department’s investigation.
The criminal complaint says Briggs did not notify the employees he was doing this as a private citizen. The complaint accuses Briggs of “…performing his own investigation into his girlfriend’s case that the Altoona Police Department is investigating.”
Employees with SEP told police in Briggs’ attempt to get the video he said, “their lives are in ruin and he is doing this for a friend who is being targeted by the Altoona Police Department.”
An internal investigation has been initiated by the Des Moines Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards.