FARGO, N.D. — The attorney for a suspended Fargo police officer says allegations that his client lied are false and the matter should be dropped.

KFGO radio reports that Officer David Boelke (BELL’-kee) has been placed on paid administrative leave while the department looks into a personnel complaint. Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd is defending the investigation.

In a letter to Todd, Fargo attorney Mark Friese (freeze) says the probe “assails the good character and reputation” of a 15-year veteran of the force. Friese says Todd has committed a crime by furthering a “defamatory matter.” The attorney is asking that Boelke be reinstated without discipline.

Todd denies any wrongdoing in creating the investigative report and says he hopes to “bring this to a conclusion very soon.”

Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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