Friday, April 20, 2007

OKC Police Officer Accused of Flashing More than His Badge

4/20/07 -- OKC, OK - The Daily Oklahoman reported today that an Oklahoma City police officer is being investigated for allegedly sending a picture of his penis to a female officer's cell phone (no mention if he had to use a zoom lens). According to the Oklahoman, an unnamed officer has been placed on PAID administrative leave after a female officer complained about receiving an unsolicited picture of the man's penis. Police Captain Steve McCool refused to release the officer's name, age, or length of........ service (gotcha). The female officer said she received the lewd photo on April 5th at 10:15 a.m. The victim then forwarded the picture to a witness and stated she wanted the officer prosecuted (for assault with a friendly weapon most likely). McCool did reveal that they do not believe this is an isolated incident and are investigating other similar complaints against this same officer. "Upon completion of that investigation, we will of course present the case to the district attorney to see if charges will be filed in this matter,” McCool said. This brings up an interesting question. Will newly elected Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater dare file charges against an OCPD officer and risk retaliation from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) come re-election time? Remember, it was the FOP that refused to endorse former D.A. Wes Lane because he filed a single criminal complaint against a police officer for an alleged assault caught on security camera at the county jail. This, even though D.A. Lane pointed out to the FOP that he had only filed charges against one police officer, yet his office had received criminal complaints against as many as 60 officers. One of the more notable quotes from D.A. Lanes ill-fought re-election campaign was when he addressed the FOP and stated, "What kind of crack would I have to be smoking to file a case on an Oklahoma City police officer at a time in which I am seeking the endorsement of the FOP?"

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