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December 04, 2004
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Review Board Rushed in Decision That Found Shooting By Ariz. Officer Unjustified

The Associated Press

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - A review board was rushed in a decision that determined the shooting death of a woman by a former city police officer was unjustified, according to a board member.

Officer Dan Greene testified Friday in a reinstatement hearing for former officer Dan Lovelace that a "use of force" board wasn't given enough time or information to make a proper determination about the fatal shooting on Oct. 11, 2002.

Greene was one of five witnesses called to testify in the fourth day of Lovelace's reinstatement hearing.

He said a few hours was not ample time to hear testimony and to review the hundreds of pages of documents it was given that morning.

Greene originally voted unanimously with eight other "use of force" board members that the shooting was unjustified. But he said Friday he has changed his mind.

The next hearing in the Lovelace matter is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Lovelace is trying to get his job back after the city fired him for shooting and killing 35-year-old Dawn Rae Nelson in a Walgreens drive-through pharmacy as she attempted to fill a fake prescription.

He was acquitted of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment in July.

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