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Paper Trail: Investigation of Officer Paul Stephens

An independent examiner ordered San Marcos police officer Paul Stephens reinstated to the force after finding that he did not use excessive force and attempt to impede an investigation of a melee at a downtown bar last August. Police Chief Howard E. Williams  indefinitely suspended the officer without pay in October, an action Stephens appealed through Civil Service channels. Stephens is best known for a traffic stop in 2008 during which a dog died, an incident that made national news.


» Opinion of the hearing examiner in Stephen’s suspension [pdf]