Alaska law enforcement council revokes certifications

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska law enforcement panel is revoking the certification of nearly a dozen former police officers, state troopers and state Department of Corrections workers.

The Alaska Police Standards Council voted this week to revoke certificates for 11 people, including former Anchorage police officer Rafael Mora-Lopez, a Mexican who was living in the U.S. without legal permission, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Mora-Lopez pleaded guilty in 2011 to federal counts of passport fraud and false claim of U.S. citizenship. He had lived in Anchorage for more two decades posing as Rafael Alberto Espinoza, a U.S. citizen.

Two others, besides the 11 whose certifications were revoked, surrendered their ability to work in law enforcement rather than fight to keep the certificates.

The 13-member council met Tuesday in Kenai. The panel meets twice a year and reviews misconduct investigations and complaints against law enforcement workers.

Law enforcement workers can lose their licenses for many reasons, including misconduct, illegal drug use and conviction of a felony.

Among those who had their license revoked was former state trooper Eric Burroughs. Court records show Burroughs pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2011.

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