Dan Maes releases documents about his firing as Liberal, Kansas, cop: Can this possibly help?

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Maes's appeal letter to the city manager -- supplemented in the latest info dump by documents confirming his suspension and dismissal, plus one defining disciplinary action -- is on view in its entirety below. It's a three-page doozy in which Maes defended himself against Kistner's accusations in feisty fashion. Among its statements:

• While Maes didn't know the Andrade family was involved in illegal gambling, he did realize Dee's brother seemed to do "alot [sic] of betting."

• He shared this factoid about his future brother-in-law's activities with the sergeant of detectives but was told "this department did not pursue such operations." The officer "belittled and ignored" his efforts.

• After hearing a report about a bookmaking operation on a police radio that presumably pertained to the Andrades, Maes reached out to another cop. Then he spoke with his superiors and a KBI agent, who allegedly asked for a heads-up if he decided to tell Dee about the investigation. After all, the bureau "had not made the decision whether to pursue" the case, and if Maes shared details with Dee, the agent might choose to concentrate on other matters.

• Six months later, Dee confronted him about a possible investigation, and he fessed up to "the most important and beloved person in my life" as "a gesture of love" following the dictates given him by the KBI agent.

• Subsequent statements made to one of Dee's family members didn't reveal anything substantial about the investigation, he maintained. Rather, they were "personal threats to instill in him the fact that I would not tolerate his rudeness or insensitivity to myself and my fiance [sic]."

• Maes insisted that the individuals involved in criminal activities weren't his friends. Instead, they were acquaintances he knew only because they were related to Dee. His only misconduct, then, was sharing "the pressures and anxieties of a complex investigation with the most important person in my life."

An impassioned argument, albeit one that didn't sway city manager Morris in the slightest.

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