|Updated: 11/15/2013 11:20 pm
||Published: 11/15/2013 10:14 pm
This is a FOX23 exclusive story.
For the first time, an attorney for the seven Broken Arrow police officers is speaking out about the accusations the officers now face.
Officers are accused of tampering with their weapons without permission from their police chief.
FOX23 brought you this story Thursday. We told you about how the officers placed flashlights on their guns.
Now their attorney says this is a misunderstanding and he hopes it will be resolved quietly.
The whole issue surrounds a flashlight that is mounted to the officer's gun. Through the Fraternal Order of Police, attorney Scott Wood says he was contacted about representing the seven officers in question.
The issue came up after a supervisor noticed an officer using a weapon-mounted flashlights.
The department says although the lights are not specifically prohibited in the department's policy, messing with weapons is not at the discretion of the officer.
Wood says there's a simple explanation to what appears to just be a misunderstanding.
"There was a meeting sometime in the past where these officers were told that the chief did not like gun lights and that he'd prefer that they not use them."
But he says the officers did not perceive this as a direct order and went out and purchased the gun lights.
He said even senior officers in the department use them, so the seven involved didn't think there was anything wrong with it.
"That may be the source of the misunderstanding. I think he believed that he had given an order and I don't think my clients perceived it that way," he said.
He said the officers in question never meant to cause any trouble.
"I don't think anyone had any intent to directly disobey an order from the chief, but at the same time if the chief intended to issue and order I think he would expect the people that he gave it to follow it," he said.
Wood will sit down Monday with the city attorney and the chief of police to hash this out.
Following Monday's meeting, Wood tells FOX23 something needs to change.
"On a going forward basis policy probably needs to be rewritten or tweaked in regards to carrying a gun light and when it can be used," he said.
I asked him if this type of internal investigation could hinder any type of future promotion for the officers.
"It could if it results in discipline. Anytime there is an internal affairs investigation, they're very thorough and complete and once a complaint comes back that is unfounded or not substantiated that really does not go against your record," Wood said.
FOX23 reached out to the Broken Arrow Police Department for comment but they couldn't make one because it's an ongoing investigation that is all they could.
No disciplinary action has been taken by the department against the officers.