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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:25 PM
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THIS IS CRAZY
A young woman makes a complaint against a trooper using foul language in front of her, her two children and mother and she faces felony charges... you must see this interview that aired on ABC 31 News Klax-TV ..... http://titancast.titantv.com/a7d180f70b0240b19c9a3c12eb2d5a2a/53747/share.aspx
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:29 PM
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1. I guess it's O.K for fascists to curse in front of children.
:dem:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:30 PM
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2. Yet again, the police can do anything they want
and they can railroad anyone for daring to stand up to them. As a whole, law enforcement in this country is becoming more and more hostile and beligerant every year. And enforcing the law seems to be a very small part of what they do. Enforcing the law is just the excuse they use to justify their arbitrary authority.
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:33 PM
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3. The video tape appears to convey a different story than the.........
plaintiff's accusations.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:50 PM
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4. It looks like
three witnesses against a possibly edited tape. Are there not experts who can tell if the tape was edited?
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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:52 PM
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5. To my understanding
Edited on Tue Sep-04-07 03:58 PM by Okiegal123
there is someone looking into the tapes to see if they have been edited in any way.

This is an article that I had posted earlier this year regarding this... this is just mind boggling to me and I wonder how something like this could happen and why?? Does this DA not have anything better to do with his time... by that I mean are there not any real crimes... murder, burglary, drug dealing crimes that would take up his time other than spend so much time on this petty incident... it is just crazy........... and I think it deserves some sort of National ATTENTION....

Article published May 10, 2007
Poland woman will fight perjury charges in Okla.
By Jodi Belgard
jbelgard@thetowntalk.com
(318) 487-6344
LaTisha White is familiar with sheriff's deputies.
The 32-year-old Poland resident and paralegal sees them every day.

But Wednesday, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's deputy that entered her office wasn't there for routine paperwork.

He was there for her.

Listed as felon
White is registered on the FBI's National Crime Information Center's database as a wanted felon on perjury charges for an incident that occurred in Carter County, Okla., in September 2006. This information is sent to all law enforcement agents. It also triggers a red flag when the listed person's driver's license or state identification card is run.
That means a routine traffic stop could land White in jail awaiting extradition to Oklahoma, where the maximum sentence for felony perjury is five years in a state penitentiary.

Rapides Parish District Attorney James "Jam" Downs said the deputy used "good sense" and did not arrest White.

Nature of charges
"You always have to look at the nature of the charges -- how high is your alert?," Down said.
The felony perjury charges were brought against White after she filed a complaint to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol regarding trooper Rocky Northcutt after a routine traffic stop.

Northcutt is a 1998 recipient of the State of Oklahoma Trooper of the Year award. He also earned a heroism award for a 1997 incident that left him wounded and one man dead.

White said Northcutt, after running her off the road in pursuit of her sister Stormy Knight's vehicle, used foul language, including "the F word," in front of her mother and two daughters who were 10 and 13 at the time.

"I called and spoke to his (Northcutt's) supervisor, and he told me to fill out a form, have it notarized, and sent it back. I did exactly what they told me to do," White said, adding that she didn't think the issue would be pressed any further.

But Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd charged White after reviewing Northcutt's patrol tape.

Ladd admits White is "probably the only" individual to be prosecuted for felony perjury after making a civil complaint.

But, based on the tape, Ladd felt he had no other option.

'Crystal clear'
"It was crystal clear," Ladd said. "We realized what she claimed happened did not happen."
White's attorney, Miles Johnson, also reviewed the tape.

"They sent me two tapes, which were obviously redacted," Johnson said.

Ladd did not comment on the length of the tapes.

Ladd initially offered White a deferred prosecution agreement, which carried the penalty of a $520 fine, 100 hours of community service and a letter of apology to Northcutt -- an agreement Johnson said Ladd made sound like a "favor."

Johnson believes Ladd abused his discretion with his decision to prosecute White.

"The law's right, but the way he's applying it is wrong," Johnson said. "This is absolutely absurd and so far out of the ethical bounds it's ridiculous. (White) is a mother of two who works hard -- with no prior convictions."

And White continues to stand by her statement.

"I will forever believe that this man said this in front of myself, my children and my mother," White said. "The truth is the truth, and you're not supposed to be scared to tell the truth."

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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 03:59 PM
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6. Yes, an expert will probably be able to tell if the tape was edited utilizing forensic software.
Edited on Tue Sep-04-07 04:00 PM by Double T
Her video interview for the news spot was NOT convincing.
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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 04:22 PM
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7. despite her
Edited on Tue Sep-04-07 04:23 PM by Okiegal123
not being convincing... do you think that a woman with no prior convictions, no record of any sort, a mother of two would state something knowing that her children would be subjected to inquiries as well as the other witness?... It just doesn't add up... I think about it and wonder why someone would lie about using foul language... I mean seriously that is insane... I mean if the person making a complaint was saying the officer abused her or worse but foul language... that is just silly....
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Double T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 09:22 PM
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8. Just my opinion.
Additional evidence regarding the video tape and whether it was or was not edited along with further information on her background as well as the officer's background and professional record would be useful.
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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 08:12 AM
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9. I agree with you Double T
a background check on both would be key to getting to the truth...
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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 08:39 AM
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10. Did some research....
I tried to dig up some information on this Ms. White as well as this officer and so far this is what I find.....

On Ms. White... I find nothing; however on the trooper I find this (doing a Google search) http://www.dps.state.ok.us/news/1999/990318.htm ....

Trooper of the Year Trooper of the Year Photo of Press Conference (76k)
Three troopers were honored at the 30th Annual Trooper of the Year awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 10 in Oklahoma City. Troopers Rocky Northcutt, Kent Martin and Patrick Mays have been chosen as 1998 recipients of the award.

Northcutt and Martin will be presented heroism awards for a 1997 incident that left Northcutt wounded and one man dead.

On Jan. 20, 1998, Martin was on routine patrol on US Highway 70 where he stopped a westbound vehicle with New Mexico license plates for speeding. When the driver could not produce a valid license, Martin radioed for a computer check.

Northcutt was also on patrol approximately five miles away and heard the return radio transmission that advised the driver was under suspension. Although license suspension is a routine occurrence, Northcutt sensed that Martin might need assistance and called him on the cellular phone. Martin consented to Northcutt's offer to stop by his location.

Upon arrival, Martin asked Northcutt to watch the driver while he checked on the passenger. Northcutt took the driver to the side of the vehicle to search him for a weapon. Martin opened the door, and asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle. The passenger came out with a gun pointed at him. Martin grabbed the weapon with both hands and they dropped to the ground struggling for the weapon. Northcutt pushed away from the driver and drew his weapon, moving to the front of the vehicle, positioning himself to assist his partner and watch the driver.

When Northcutt glanced back, the driver had a gun pointed at him. Northcutt fired several rounds striking the driver who dropped to his knees, raised his gun and shot Northcutt in the abdomen hitting him below his protective vest in his lower abdomen.

Northcutt fell to the ground, believing he sustained a fatal wound. He could see Martin still fighting the passenger for the weapon and knew he had to help his partner.

Northcutt yelled to the passenger to drop his gun. The passenger tried to shield himself behind Martin. Northcutt aimed and fired his gun shooting the passenger in the head, killing him instantly.

Martin fled to his patrol car and called for an ambulance. He saw the driver sit up and take aim at Northcutt. Martin ordered the driver to drop his weapon, but the driver swung his aim toward Martin. Martin fired twice at the driver who fell to the ground.

An off-duty deputy arrived to assist. He disarmed the driver as Martin returned to help Northcutt.

"Both troopers displayed exceptional acts of courage in what was literally a life and death fight with two career criminals. There is little doubt that they ultimately saved each other's lives," said Lieutenant Chris West.

The surviving driver was tried and convicted of crimes committed in this incident and was sentenced to 140 years in prison.

Northcutt and Martin both returned to duty just months after the incident. They are assigned to Troop F Headquarters in Ardmore and join three previous award recipients from that area.

Mays will receive the Trooper of the Year award for humanitarianism for his quick response in saving the lives of flood victims near Broken Arrow.

Mays waded and swam through flood waters to rescue the occupants of two vehicles stranded in water four to six feet deep. A Broken Arrow police officer witnessed the rescue and credited Mays with saving the victims' lives. The officer contacted the Highway Patrol with the story about Mays.

"Mays had little regard for his personal safety while initiating the rescue. It's this selfless devotion while on duty that keeps within the highest traditions of the Highway Patrol," said West.

Altus Television Productions and the video production unit of Cox Communications received the Highway Patrol's Jerry Marx Award for outstanding journalistic efforts.

"Here in the Public Information office we interact a tremendous amount with the media. So when we have an opportunity to honor those who report factual, accurate and timely stories or public service announcements, we look forward to commending their efforts," said West. "We appreciate media who share a genuine concern for public safety."

On March 15, Northcutt was named national Trooper of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He and his wife Cheryl, daughter Marissa and son Gunner were flown to Alexandria, Virginia where Northcutt received a plaque at the IACP convention banquet.

"This was a first for an Oklahoman and we were thrilled when he received this prestigious national recognition," said Colonel Gary Adams, chief of the Highway Patrol.

A news conference was held at the Blue Room of the Oklahoma State Capitol and Gov. Frank Keating honored Northcutt with a proclamation and declaring March 18 "Rocky Northcutt Day."

Northcutt was one of four finalists selected according to region and was chosen from all state and provincial law enforcement officers by IACP members for his exemplary actions.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

This all seems very interesting...I am anxious to find out the outcome of this incident...
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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 12:37 PM
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11. Any thoughts on the above?
Edited on Wed Sep-05-07 12:42 PM by Okiegal123
I am curious to everyone's thoughts on the above...
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Hunter1972 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-06-07 04:23 PM
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12. Sounds like this cop is badge heavy...
then again most cops are.... you have a handful that are "good cops" but then you have those that act like they are god.

Sounds like to me they need to get his employee file and see if there have been any other complaints and they need to do a back ground on this gal.

The whole thing is just odd.................
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Okiegal123 Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 09:31 AM
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13. New Article about this same ordeal
featured on the front Sunday, September 16, 2007 newspaper of the Tulsa World....

Here is the link to the site.....

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=070916_1_A1_hConf67873

It is getting very interesting.......
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