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University of Utah officer who mishandled Lauren McCluskey’s concerns has now been disciplined for mistakes on another domestic violence case

Officer Miguel Deras mishandled reports from student-athlete Lauren McCluskey weeks before she was killed on campus last fall. But instead of being fired, he and the entire University of Utah Police Department went through training to better recognize the warning signs of domestic violence he and others had missed.

University of Utah Officer Who Mishandled Lauren McCluskey Reports Disciplined in New Domestic-Violence Case

The officer who mishandled reports from Lauren McCluskey, the University of Utah student who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in October, has reportedly been disciplined for making the same mistakes in another domestic-violence case. When McCluskey told Officer Miguel Deras she was afraid of Melvin Rowland, he allegedly failed to relay her complaints to anyone else in the department and never researched that Rowland, a registered sex offender, was on parole.

U. police officer disciplined in case following Lauren McCluskey murder

A University of Utah Police Officer accused in a recent lawsuit of mishandling reports in the Lauren McCluskey murder last fall received a written warning for similar mistakes in a domestic violence case several months later. That’s according to a disciplinary letter released by the university to the Salt Lake Tribune following a records request. According to that letter, the officer violated a couple of new safety policies put in place after the high-profile murder.

U of U officer in McCluskey case warned for mishandling another domestic violence report

The officer accused of mishandling Lauren McCluskey's case was formally disciplined just months later — for another case. Officer Miguel Deras was never disciplined after failing to tell the University of Utah police department about concerning reports from McCluskey, claiming her killer, Melvin Rowland, had tried to impersonate an officer to lure her from her dorm.

Officer on slain Utah student case warned for similar mistakes

A police officer who didn't relay a report about a University of Utah student's ex-boyfriend before she was killed has been disciplined for making similar errors on a separate case.

Officer who handled Lauren McCluskey's case warned for similar mistakes

A police officer who didn't relay a report about a University of Utah student's ex-boyfriend before she was killed has been disciplined for making similar errors on a separate case. The Salt Lake Tribune reports university police officer Miguel Deras was trained on handling domestic violence cases along with the rest of the department after an investigation showed missed chances to prevent Lauren McCluskey's death, including when Deras failed to pass on a report from McCluskey hours before she was killed.