Legal Defense Requested for OKC Police Chief and Rodriguez Death Officers – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City (Free press) – Oklahoma City Council urged to approve an additional $ 100,000 for outside legal counsel to defend a police chief accused by five OKC officers and Stabian Rodriguez’s mother. I am.

Rodriguez, 15, was shot and killed by an OKCPD officer on November 23, 2020, after he surrendered to the end of a robbery at a southern convenience store.

Proceedings against individuals

Rodriguez’s mother, Cameo Holland, sued Police Chief Wade Girly and five federal justice officers for “stealing the Fourth Amendment to free him from excessive power.” ..

Oklahoma City Councilor Kenneth Jordan – the city’s top in-house lawyer – put three items on the agenda for Tuesday’s city council meeting demanding that two officers spend up to $ 100,000 on councilors external legal. did.

A company named in a federal proceeding has applied for a company that was already owned in the city, and the request must be approved at no additional cost.

Holland and his attorney, Rand Eddy, filed similar proceedings in state court before filing in federal court. The December 2020 report is as follows:

– – Stabian Rodriguez’s mom sues Oklahoma City

Mayor Craig Freeman hired Wade Girly OKCPD 50th Police Chief July 2019. In his first year, Gourley faced Historical event On the practices of his department in Oklahoma City, particularly with regard to the use of lethal force by the police.

Appointed officer

One of the police officers named in the proceedings had been working for about five years at the time of the shooting, and the other four officers were fewer in number.

they are:

  • Officer Bethany Sears
  • Officer Jared Burton
  • Officer Corey Adams
  • Officer John Sukta
  • Blood Pemberton Officer

The city’s negotiated contract with the police states that the city will pay external legal counsel if individual police officers are prosecuted for their actions in the performance of their police duties. It is stipulated.

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 123 is a local union representing bargaining agents.

Felony charge

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has filed a complaint against five police officers. Each has been charged with manslaughter.

According to the arrest affidavit obtained in March by FreePress, the five men “shot Stabian Rodriguez with a gun while resisting a criminal attempt by the deceased or after such an attempt failed. I killed them illegally and unnecessarily… ”. Causes his death.

This is a March report that includes details and videos of five carrying cameras released by OKCPD at the time.

– – Five OKCPD officers charged with felony in Stavian Rodriguez shooting

According to reports, the FOP pays for legal defenses in such cases.


This is the latest development in a tense year between the OKCPD and community members on what is seen as an enthusiasm for shooting by OKCPD officers.

Just days after the shooting and five months after Black Lives Matter protested on the subway against the killing of police officers, Free Press reported on the fierce relationship between the station and its community.

– – Responding to Stabian Rodriguez’s death strains police-community relations

Black Lives Matter – OKC Executive Director T. Sheri Dickerson said at the time: “The killing of civilians by state agents shows that they completely ignore the value of all human life.” Mentionned.

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Last update: July 3, 2021 11:13 AM Brett Dickerson-Editor

Legal defense requested for OKC police chief and officers in Rodriguez’s death Legal defense requested for OKC police chief and officers in Rodriguez’s death

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