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« Reply #150 on: May 09, 2018, 12:28:38 pm »

Two troopers racing to be the lead pursuer killed another trooper, which does suggest a lack of formal discipline (if not discretion).

Man vs car....   Car always wins.
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« Reply #151 on: July 22, 2018, 08:36:29 am »

They aren't accountable.    You and I are accountable for their mistakes when we have to pay out millions in settlements.  

That is what happens when you task them with apprehending criminals, you have to accept the consequences...   (Or change the policies.)


Deadly wrong-way pursuit led by troopers on Tulsa highway violates international model policy supported by Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/deadly-wrong-way-pursuit-led-by-troopers-on-tulsa-highway/article_fe600732-845a-50cb-86c0-7d8a88976d07.html




NORMAN — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has asked a district judge to empty the courtroom if testimony comes up regarding the agency’s pursuit policy in a felony murder trial involving a state trooper’s death — another instance in which the agency has vigorously protected that document.

A Tulsa World reporter had to leave an open public court hearing Monday afternoon in Cleveland County that was convened for just that — to argue how protected OHP’s pursuit policy may be once the trial arrives. An attorney for the Highway Patrol objected to anyone being present during an OHP major’s testimony and arguments in the courtroom who wasn’t a trooper or involved in the case.

D’Angelo Burgess is charged with felony first-degree murder in OHP Lt. Heath Meyer’s death in July 2017. Meyer succumbed to critical injuries 10 days after another trooper’s cruiser struck Meyer at a roadblock on Interstate 35 in Moore as the Highway Patrol chased a vehicle that fled a traffic stop for following too closely.

“(A)ny time such material is shown, read or described in open court, whether during examination, argument, or otherwise, the court room will be cleared so no person other than the Judge, court personnel, attorneys, Defendant, witness testifying, and jurors are present.”


https://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/oklahoma-highway-patrol-wants-empty-courtroom-if-testimony-involves-its/article_97457204-64fd-5c2d-81f3-e592e93b3a69.html





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« Reply #152 on: January 18, 2019, 04:48:23 pm »

Gov. Kevin Stitt has put on hold the reappointment of the state’s public safety commissioner until an investigation into possible corruption at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is complete.

Taking over the investigation will be Attorney General Mike Hunter’s top agent, The Oklahoman has learned. The takeover comes after concerns were raised about an internal investigation at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into blackmail accusations against a patrol captain.

Capt. Troy German is accused of trying to blackmail Commissioner Rusty Rhoades last year to get a promotion to major or help securing a political appointment.
He allegedly threatened to expose information of improprieties involving Rhoades and Highway Patrol Chief Michael Harrell in the promotion of a patrol captain, Brian Orr.

Of concern was the patrol was using its own investigators to look into accusations against German but not fully into his claims of promotion improprieties.

Rhoades, 51, of Choctaw, was appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety in 2017. Stitt announced in December Rhoades would be reappointed.
“Following our public announcement of the commissioner, the governor’s office was notified of allegations and an internal investigation of the matter at the Department of Public Safety, and we chose to hold the nomination until investigations were complete,” a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Hunter said Thursday he consulted with Rhoades about the investigation. “It was determined to be in the best interests of the Department of Public Safety and all parties involved to allow our office to assume oversight, control and direction of the investigation,” the attorney general said.

The Department of Public Safety said Thursday it will cooperate fully. “The agency and its administration continue to be committed to transparency and accountability, and are fully confident that the appropriate party or parties will be held responsible after (Attorney) General Hunter’s examination of the totality of the evidence,” a spokeswoman said.

German, 47, of Chandler, is on paid administrative leave. He denies wrongdoing and claims to be a whistleblower.
German met with Rhoades on Sept. 11 at a Charleston’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City and Sept. 28 at a Starbucks in Midwest City, according to a court affidavit.

German in July secretly recorded Orr admitting he was told what would be asked by a promotion board. Orr was then a lieutenant.
The start of the recording was played for The Oklahoman by a source. In the recording, Orr said the chief disclosed in a phone call specific examination subjects such as what to do when a trooper is killed in the line of duty. Orr quoted the chief as saying, “You screw this up, it’s on you.”

Orr, 46, is one of the state’s more visible troopers because he has been a bodyguard for years for the University of Oklahoma’s head coach at football games. He delighted fans in 2013 when he laid a blindside tackle on a man who ran onto Owen Field during a timeout.

The state Personnel Act prohibits a state employee from furnishing “any special or secret information” to someone seeking a classified state job.

Asked specifically whether the chief helped Orr, the Department of Public Safety said Thursday “mentoring” of troopers in the promotional process is not only acceptable but encouraged.

“The type and extent of assistance in preparation for examinations rendered to Brian Orr by both Michael Harrell and Troy German is evident from a review of the objective evidence provided to investigators,” the Department of Public Safety said.


https://newsok.com/article/5620630/oklahomas-public-safety-commissioner-not-reappointed-because-of-investigation?
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« Reply #153 on: January 19, 2019, 11:02:51 am »

Gov. Kevin Stitt has put on hold the reappointment of the state’s public safety commissioner until an investigation into possible corruption at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is complete.

Taking over the investigation will be Attorney General Mike Hunter’s top agent, The Oklahoman has learned. The takeover comes after concerns were raised about an internal investigation at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into blackmail accusations against a patrol captain.

Capt. Troy German is accused of trying to blackmail Commissioner Rusty Rhoades last year to get a promotion to major or help securing a political appointment.
He allegedly threatened to expose information of improprieties involving Rhoades and Highway Patrol Chief Michael Harrell in the promotion of a patrol captain, Brian Orr.

Of concern was the patrol was using its own investigators to look into accusations against German but not fully into his claims of promotion improprieties.

Rhoades, 51, of Choctaw, was appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety in 2017. Stitt announced in December Rhoades would be reappointed.
“Following our public announcement of the commissioner, the governor’s office was notified of allegations and an internal investigation of the matter at the Department of Public Safety, and we chose to hold the nomination until investigations were complete,” a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Hunter said Thursday he consulted with Rhoades about the investigation. “It was determined to be in the best interests of the Department of Public Safety and all parties involved to allow our office to assume oversight, control and direction of the investigation,” the attorney general said.

The Department of Public Safety said Thursday it will cooperate fully. “The agency and its administration continue to be committed to transparency and accountability, and are fully confident that the appropriate party or parties will be held responsible after (Attorney) General Hunter’s examination of the totality of the evidence,” a spokeswoman said.

German, 47, of Chandler, is on paid administrative leave. He denies wrongdoing and claims to be a whistleblower.
German met with Rhoades on Sept. 11 at a Charleston’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City and Sept. 28 at a Starbucks in Midwest City, according to a court affidavit.

German in July secretly recorded Orr admitting he was told what would be asked by a promotion board. Orr was then a lieutenant.
The start of the recording was played for The Oklahoman by a source. In the recording, Orr said the chief disclosed in a phone call specific examination subjects such as what to do when a trooper is killed in the line of duty. Orr quoted the chief as saying, “You screw this up, it’s on you.”

Orr, 46, is one of the state’s more visible troopers because he has been a bodyguard for years for the University of Oklahoma’s head coach at football games. He delighted fans in 2013 when he laid a blindside tackle on a man who ran onto Owen Field during a timeout.

The state Personnel Act prohibits a state employee from furnishing “any special or secret information” to someone seeking a classified state job.

Asked specifically whether the chief helped Orr, the Department of Public Safety said Thursday “mentoring” of troopers in the promotional process is not only acceptable but encouraged.

“The type and extent of assistance in preparation for examinations rendered to Brian Orr by both Michael Harrell and Troy German is evident from a review of the objective evidence provided to investigators,” the Department of Public Safety said.


https://newsok.com/article/5620630/oklahomas-public-safety-commissioner-not-reappointed-because-of-investigation?



Nope.  No collusion there, either...!
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« Reply #154 on: February 03, 2019, 05:20:29 pm »

A wanted man driving a stolen vehicle on the Creek Turnpike was handcuffed by a trooper. The suspect managed to drive off in the trooper’s cruiser, so the trooper hopped into the stolen car and began to chase him.

What happened next in those high-stakes moments on an evening in February 2018 in Broken Arrow? The public won’t know because the trooper didn’t document those actions, which the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says weren’t a pursuit anyway.


https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/what-happened-when-a-trooper-chased-his-stolen-cruiser-in/article_d802152a-89d3-5204-a5ab-68ae188af5e5.html
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« Reply #155 on: March 08, 2019, 01:41:32 pm »

The defense read aloud and repeatedly emphasized a part of the OHP pursuit policy that says terminating a pursuit “may be the most rational means of preserving life and property of the public, the (trooper) and the suspect.”

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/testimony-in-murder-trial-over-trooper-s-vehicular-pursuit-death/article_86945dc3-dfdf-58cc-a5f3-ac18ea9056f3.html
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« Reply #156 on: April 03, 2019, 09:53:44 am »


Tulsa World editorial: Why was the OHP fighting so hard to keep this a secret?

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol fought long and hard, but now, everyone knows the secrets of its pursuit policy ... and that it wasn’t worth hiding at all.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorials/tulsa-world-editorial-why-was-the-ohp-fighting-so-hard/article_002840a2-764a-5a20-9862-8ed1cbf80c19.html
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