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The new head of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety defended the highway patrol’s pursuit policies this week in an interim study.

DPS Commissioner Tim Tipton, in his first week on the job, told lawmakers the agency must balance keeping a civil society by catching bad guys with protecting the lives of innocent bystanders, troopers and the suspects they chase, in that order.

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma City-area police officer has been sentenced to nine years in prison for killing an 18-year-old motorist in December 2019 while speeding to deliver keys to another officer.

During sentencing Wednesday, Moore police Sgt. Kyle Lloyd also received a nine-year suspended sentence in the crash that killed Emily Gaines of Moore.

Tulsa Police

A man died in Tulsa police custody Wednesday evening after experiencing what TPD is describing as "respiratory distress."

According to a news release, officers pursued two men who ran from them out of a group of three near 31st Street and Memorial Drive during a regular patrol aimed at reducing gun violence in the area.

One of those men, Emmitt Weaver, stopped running after a short distance, apparently because he was struggling to breathe. Police say they briefly handcuffed Weaver but seeing his condition, uncuffed him to let him use his inhaler.

3 OKC Police Officers Cleared In Recent Shootings

Jul 1, 2021
OKC Police

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three Oklahoma City police officers involved in two separate shootings earlier this year, including the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma County jail inmate, have been cleared and are returning to duty, according to police.

A post on the police department’s Facebook page says the three officers were cleared by District Attorney David Prater, who did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

According to the department, two officers were cleared in the March 27 shooting death of inmate Curtis Montrell Williams, who had taken a jailer hostage.

On today's ST, we are discussing a new book on race relations and American history that offers a bold, thorough, and eye-opening critique of our nation's criminal justice apparatus, its police operations, and indeed its entire legal system. Our guest is the well-regarded historian Elizabeth Hinton, who is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University as well as a professor of law at Yale Law School.

Tulsa Police

Two Tulsa police officers were among the first recipients of state-level awards for heroism.

Gov. Kevin Stitt awarded Oklahoma Purple Hearts to Ofc. Aurash Zarkeshan and Sgt. Craig Johnson in a ceremony at the capitol Tuesday afternoon.

Zarkeshan and Johnson were shot during a traffic stop last June. Johnson died of his injuries the day after the shooting. His widow, Kristi Johnson, accepted his medal from Stitt.

Man Dies After OKC Police Shoot Him During Struggle

May 10, 2021
OKC Police

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man died after an Oklahoma City police officer shot him during a confrontation, according to authorities.

Police were called to northwest Oklahoma City around 8 p.m. Saturday after residents reported that a man was outside their house in violation of a protective order.

An officer arrived at the scene and began to check the man for weapons when a struggle began, said Capt. Daniel Stewart.

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A 74-year-old woman is suing the City of Oklahoma City and three officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department, alleging they used alleged force and broke her arm while attempting to arrest her son at her home. 

The suit, filed in Oklahoma County District Court, names officers Dan Bradley, Ryan Staggs and James Ray as each either using excessive force or not intervening to prevent it in August of last year.

Tulsa County Sheriff

Tulsa Police have arrested a man who drove into the Arkansas River during a Monday early morning pursuit, a crash that left a woman dead.

Jose Alan Lara-Garcia, 23, was arrested Tuesday evening and booked into the Tulsa County Jail on charges including first-degree manslaughter.

Police say they tried to stop him for reckless driving near 61st Street and Peoria Avenue on Monday, but he took off west on 61st, losing control at Riverside and driving into the river.

A Florida jury has found a former Mannford Police officer guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of the city’s police chief.

The verdict was announced Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberations. Michael Nealey pleaded not guilty in December to the murder of police Chief Lucky Miller in a Pensacola Beach, Florida, hotel room in November 2019.

The men were attending a law enforcement conference when they got into a fight. A hotel security guard responding to other guests’ noise complaints found Nealey sitting on Miller’s chest.

Tulsa Police

A Tulsa Police dive team recovered the body of a 19-year-old woman on Tuesday morning, the day after a pursuit ended with a car crashing into the Arkansas River at 61st Street.

Police found the woman around 9 a.m. on Tuesday close to where the car went into the water. She has been identified as Nathaly Medina. She would have turned 20 on Wednesday.

TPD said calmer conditions and receding water helped them find Medina's body.

Washington County Sheriff's Department

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A Washington County deputy sheriff has died after an altercation with a jail inmate, the sheriff’s office confirmed on Friday.

Cpl. Kyle Davis, 39, a 13-year veteran of the office, died Thursday after the fight inside the jail, said Washington County Undersheriff Jon Copeland. Copeland identified the suspect as Athine Jamuan Henderson, 36. An investigation into the death is ongoing, and formal charges have not been filed, Copeland said.

(Note: This interview first aired in September of 2020.) Our guest is Rachel Louise Snyder, an award-winning journalist and professor of creative writing and journalism at American University. She talks about her latest book, which is "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us." As was noted of this widely-acclaimed study by The Washington Post: "Compulsively readable.... In a writing style that's as gripping as good fiction, as intimate as memoir, and deeply informed, [Snyder] takes us into the lives of the abused, the abusers, and the survivors....

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white Oklahoma City police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing Black man armed with a knife three times in the back was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the charge against Sgt. Clifford Holman in the death of 60-year-old Bennie Edwards. If convicted, the seven-year veteran of the police force could face up to life in prison.

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A number of demonstrations are scheduled around Tulsa Saturday, with potentially thousands gathering for a prayer march with the Tulsa Police Department and separate rallies against white supremacy.

TPD and Sheridan Church are scheduled to lead a "Faith In Blue" march, a faith-based event in support of law enforcement, from John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park on North Greenwood Avenue to TPD headquarters. The march was originally routed down through the heart of the Greenwood District, but Chief Wendell Franklin said he got "unsettling news" that there may be counterprotests.

Oklahoma Officer Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

Oct 9, 2020
Purcell Police Department

PURCELL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer was arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual battery after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her while he was on duty, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

Purcell police officer Jason Baca, 41, was arrested after turning himself in, according to an OSBI statement. Court records show Baca was released from the McLain County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond.

Tulsa Police

Oklahoma lawmakers think they can learn from Iowa when it comes to statewide police reforms.

Within a month of George Floyd’s death on May 25 at the hands of Minneapolis police, the Hawkeye State banned police choke holds, affirmed the attorney general’s investigative powers and came up with a system so officers can’t shake misconduct by going to another department.

At an Oklahoma interim study on Thursday, Iowa Republican State Rep. Matt Windschitl said there was broad agreement among the state's legislators they had to do something to respond to protests.

The organization known as MS-13 -- often in the headlines, especially since they've been repeatedly referred to by President Trump -- is thought to have approximately ten thousand members located in dozens of states across the US, and it's routinely linked to thousands of murders each year in this country and abroad. But MS-13 is also widely misunderstood, as we learn on today's ST.

Our guest is Rachel Louise Snyder, an award-winning journalist and professor of creative writing and journalism at American University. She talks about her newest book, which is just out in paperback; the book is "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us." As was noted of this widely-acclaimed study by The Washington Post: "Compulsively readable.... In a writing style that's as gripping as good fiction, as intimate as memoir, and deeply informed, [Snyder] takes us into the lives of the abused, the abusers, and the survivors....