|Updated: 9/04/2013 5:25 pm
||Published: 9/04/2013 10:07 am
The Claremore Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in District Attorneys Region 12 requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation look into allegations of criminal conduct by District Attorney Janice Steidley and her staff.
District 12 consists of Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties.
“It’s everybody’s mission here today to fix something that’s badly broken,” Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown says.
That something is the relationship between District Attorney Janice Steidley and local law enforcement.
Roger’s County Sheriff Scott Walton says it’s so bad “cops are scared to do their jobs.”
“When the hunters become the hunted, it certainly sends a message to the criminals” Walton added.
We found out that message is that criminals can get away with more. According to Catoosa Police Chief Kevin McKim, they’ve been doing just that.
“We’ve seen a lot less felony charges being charged, dispositions we get back are like lack of prosecution merit, decline to prosecute with no reasons what so ever.”
These allegations come alongside the petition we’ve told you about asking the Grand Jury to investigate criminal allegations against Steidley and her office that include tampering with witnesses and wire-tapping courthouse phone lines.
Chief Brown describes the request for an investigation as, “the only way through a broken system.”
But can relationships that Sheriff Walton says, “will not get any worse than they are now,” really get any better?
Sheriff Walton says if Steidley is found innocent, he and his deputies are ready to “set down, shut up and go back to work.”
But we found out it’s more than just an investigation they want –it’s a new DA.
After admitting he doesn’t think the relationships can be repaired, FOX23’s Janai Norman asked Walton, “Things won’t be right until she’s gone?”
“Things are not going to get better with the DA office,” Sheriff Walton said. “They’re irreparable and we need to move forward to an end.”
That end could come with an upcoming election.
“If these allegations determine the need for ousting the DA,” Chief Brown began. “That’s what needs to happen.”
The Claremore police chief, Stan Brown, said he requested this investigation due to alleged wrongdoings Steidley did while handling the purported wrongdoings of Claremore Investigator John Singer.
Singer was accused of perjury. Brown alleges Steidley refused to let a judge hear the case. He said the Attorney General’s office has since said they will not pursue charges against Singer.
Brown said this shows Steidley’s poor judgment and adversarial stance.
Last week, FOX23 reported on a petition filed in court that accused Steidley of tampering with phone lines in the courthouse.