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Article posted Aug 28 2014, 12:01 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: TheNewspaper Print

No Jail For Oklahoma Cop Who Lied About Beating Motorist

After admitting perjury in cover up of the beating of a motorist, Miami, Oklahoma police officer sentenced to unsupervised probation.

Flashback: Cops Claim Man's Face Busted From Fall, Video Shows Cop Kicked Him In The FaceMiami, Oklahoma police officer Teresa Lashmet will not spend no time in jail after admitting that she committed perjury to cover up the brutal beating of a motorist that was caught on a dashcam video. Ottawa County Judge Bill Culver on Tuesday imposed a sentence of unsupervised probation for three years, deferred, and a $300 fine after she entered a plea of no contest to a charge of "outraging public decency."

In 2012, Lashmet was hailed as Miami's first female police officer, and she had high hopes of making detective. That hope died after she participated in the brutal beating of Jerry Dean Payne Jr. on May 14, 2013. She claimed that Payne was speeding and driving erratically. The officers signaled Payne's 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck to pull over. He stopped in the parking lot of the Stables Casino.

"Stop, stop the car right now," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer Kenny McKee yelled as Payne's truck came to a rest in a parking spot.

Payne immediately opened the door to his truck and stuck both of his hands out the door so that they were clearly visible in the patrol car's headlights. Officer Lashmet approached with her gun drawn. She then helped McKee yank Payne out of the truck and face first onto the pavement. A third officer, Jeremy Myers, ran up to Payne and kicked him in the face while he was subdued.

Battered and bruised, with broken teeth, Payne was taken to jail accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing an officer. In her arrest report, Lashmet provided a version of events directly contradicted by the video evidence.

"The driver immediately got out of his truck," she wrote. "Due to Payne refusing to exit his truck, McKee then pulled Payne from the truck and we placed him on the ground using a straight arm bar technique... Payne received a scratch on his left cheek and a bump above his left eye when we placed him on the ground."

The drunk driving charges were dropped once the state police trooper's video surfaced. Defense lawyers had also subpoenaed footage from the casino's security system which showed enough of the incident that the head of security called the Miami police chief to say he was "concerned" by what he saw that night.

When Ottawa County Assistant District Attorney Ben Loring opened an investigation into the incident in October 2013, he found Miami Police detectives were willing to go on the record to confirm that incidents similar to Payne's were common.

"They went on to say that there was weak and inappropriate supervision on that [midnight] shift and that in their opinions the supervisors were as guilty of using excessive force as anyone else," Loring wrote in a memo to the attorney general's office. "I asked if they think [Lashmet] is being ordered as to what to put in her reports, and they both said they were certain that was happening. They also stated that because nothing happens to the violating officers, the general mood of the midnight shift is that everyone might as well go along with the inappropriate behavior as it has become the norm."

Payne filed a federal excessive force lawsuit against Officers Lashmet, Myers and McKee in January. Lawyers for both sides in the case met in arbitration last month but failed to reach a settlement. US District Court Judge Gregory K. Frizzell scheduled a preliminary trial date of April 20, 2015 for the civil case.

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Posted: Aug 28 2014, 12:37 PM

98238 The police accountability app featured in a new article would probably have helped in this situation:

Posted: Aug 28 2014, 1:40 PM

207212 I would wait 2 years to get revenge ... burn down there house ... n slowly ruin their lives...sumthing needs to happen other than a paid vacation..

Posted: Aug 30 2014, 4:08 AM

108225 LOL "placed him on the ground"....

Posted: Aug 31 2014, 4:59 PM

207119 Justice would be served if anything like this ever happened to me or anyone I love...

Posted: Aug 31 2014, 7:47 PM

67171 All police officers address need to be listed publicly. Their out of control behavior would immediately end, knowing that those they violated would know exactly where they live. And to be more to the point, where their children live.
fire the judge

Posted: Sep 01 2014, 12:07 PM

208101 that judge needs to be fired... and a retrial ordered for that incompetent corrupt cop...

that cop didnt forget to file paperwork and didnt lock the keys in her car.... she committed perjury to protect herself, and tried to give extra punishment to a civilian.

she should receive the MAXIMUM sentence

Posted: Sep 01 2014, 12:18 PM

136200 stay calm and always vote to reduce local state and federal government. government has failed to provide protection of freedoms for its citizens. The citizen with no protection can pledge no alegiance.
reduce size of government is the answer!

Posted: Sep 01 2014, 2:36 PM

70162 How these cops arenít hunted down by their victims and beaten nearly to death escapes my ability to understand.

Posted: Sep 02 2014, 1:38 AM

67171 Police addresses are hard to get ahold of, especially when you want no record of what you were looking for. This is why they should all be publicly posted, and those that did thier job dishonesrly would be hunted down. It would most definitely keep cops in line.
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