Via Balko, as usual, here’s an appalling story of police retaliation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2009, an informant who worked for the police there admitted that he had helped an officer frame a father and daughter for drug trafficking, leading to their release from prison. They are now suing for wrongful imprisonment and another daughter testified on their behalf in the case and in a corruption trial against the officer.
Not only did the informant testify that he had lied about a drug deal that never took place, a former ATF agent testified that he had helped them frame the father and daughter as well. The officers were acquitted in criminal trials but remain suspended and the civil trial is still going on. Two weeks after the second daughter testified, the police stormed her house and arrested her on several misdemeanor traffic warrants.
Five Tulsa police officers – including one who accidentally fired his weapon – served misdemeanor traffic warrants and arrested a key witness Thursday in a police corruption lawsuit against the city.
The officer who fired his weapon is under internal investigation, and police refused to release his name.
Kelie D. Barnes, 32, was arrested Thursday on outstanding municipal warrants, Tulsa Jail records show.
Barnes’ warrants are all misdemeanors involving failure to wear a seat belt, expired tag, no proof of insurance, no driver’s license and speeding, according to jail records.
Yeah, because it’s perfectly normal to send five armed officers to bust down someone’s door and arrest them on traffic tickets. It has nothing at all to do with trying to intimidate her or retaliating against her for testifying against her, nosireebob. Nothing to see here, move along.