FLASHBACK: Man Protests Treatment By Challenging Cop To MMA Fight
(KTVI-KPLR) Rich Stephens was an offensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders in the 90’s but he’s going on the offensive now against a Byrnes Mill police department. He claims officer Tim Walker mistreated him during a traffic stop so he took out a full page ad in a paper challenging him to a fight. He would plan to sell tickets and donate proceeds to Backstoppers.
He is also driving around his pickup truck with a giant sandwich board sign on both sides asking what’s short, fat and round all over. The next line says a Byrnes Mill cop.
“Everywhere I drive this truck people honk their horns give me thumbs up. It’s been overwhelming,” said Stephens.
His idea of a joke is no laughing matter to the Byrnes Mill police department.
“My opinion is it’s borderline harassment and making a threat against a law enforcement officer,” said Chief Ed Locke, Byrnes Mill police.
Stephens says he would do the Mixed Martial Arts fight by the books, on a fight card, and sell tickets.
“I’m taking all the money donating it to Backstoppers,” said Stephens. “I just want his head on my hand.”
Stephens decided to not to file a formal complaint saying he expects more results his way.
The police chief says formal complaints are investigated and feels poking fun of the police goes too far.
“If every officer that pulled someone over and they weren’t happy, if they were challenged to a fighting match certainly those officers would all be suspended or lose their job,” said Locke.
The police department says Stephens never filed a formal complaint so they’re not talking either.