Broken Arrow Police Controversy


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/18/2013 9:52 pm Published: 11/18/2013 9:49 pm



The issue at hand are weapon-mounted flashlights.

It comes down to orders and that's what Broken Arrow Police Chief Boggs says he gave regarding the use of weapon-mounted lights.

Boggs tells FOX23, "They just want to find out what happened and where there was a breakdown along the chain of command, and how the order way back when was delivered and move on from there."

After a supervisor noticed the officers using them on the graveyard shift, he put a stop to it and an investigation was launched to see if they disobeyed a direct order by the chief not to use them.

For now, the rookie officers will no longer be allowed to use their weapon-mounted flashlights and the senior officers who do use them may have to brush up on their skills.

"There may be a circumstance where people who are allowed to carry the gun lights will have to have a certain amount of training to be able to continue carrying those gun lights," Boggs tells FOX23.

At this time, those officers who were being investigated say they feel much better despite having to give up some of their bells and whistles.

Boggs explains, "I think they feel a little bit better about it to where it's not an IA investigation pursuit where they are seeking out information to try and make a disciplinary case against someone."

Around 9:30 Monday night, their attorney, Scott Wood, met with those seven officers before they start the overnight shift. He told them more about the chief's decision.
 
Wood tells FOX23 the officers are relieved they won't be disciplined and can hopefully move forward.





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FrankS - 11/21/2013 8:04 AM
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Once upon a time, I was taught NOT to hold a light in line with whatever you don't want shot. If there is a situation, the weapon-mounted light shows the bad guy exactly where to shoot. Dummies.

Unwashed Mass - 11/19/2013 1:34 PM
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Broken Arrow has AK47's for their routine traffic stops.

Unwashed Mass - 11/19/2013 1:33 PM
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When the gun-mounted light is handier than the big maglight, the tendency is to use the gun light whenever they need a light, which means a lot of people are having guns pointed at them unjustifiably. That puts the citizens unnecessarily in danger of accidental discharges, and pointing a gun is also a big escalation in the use of force continuum. The policy is good and should be obeyed.

CowBot9000 - 11/19/2013 12:16 PM
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Ding dongs were probably pointing guns at people during routine traffic stops.

jarhead40 - 11/19/2013 7:19 AM
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We definitely would not want the officers to have every advantage possible so they ensure their safety and the safety of others. Let be make sense of why this "no" policy exist; we entrust you to carry a gun but we don't trust you to completely responsible with it. So now instead of the officer being able to have a hand free if needed he has to use his off hand to carry a flashlight and hold up his firearm. Way to look out for their safety!

firemike922 - 11/19/2013 5:29 AM
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Oh and I assume you know what really happened? Do tell...

Unwashed Mass - 11/18/2013 11:58 PM
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"I think they feel a little bit better about it to where it's not an IA investigation pursuit where they are seeking out information" Yes, we certainly dont want to know what actually happened do we?
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