OK Trooper Who Assaulted Ambulance Driver Suspended for Excessive Force

(NEWS OK)   An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was suspended after being involved in a scuffle with an EMT in May was put on paid administrative leave Sunday in connection with an unrelated incident.

Troopers Daniel Martin and Tommy Allen were placed on administrative leave after a Holdenville man filed a complaint after he was arrested on Saturday.

“Basically, there was a traffic stop last night and out of that an individual was jailed and the guy apparently contacted the department today wanting to file a complaint,” said patrol Capt. Chris West. “Based on the nature of the complaint and what Martin went through, we thought we’d just go ahead and pull him off and investigate.”

The Holdenville man became involved after the initial traffic stop, he said.

Khristopher Douglas told KWTV-9 that he was on a friend’s property when the troopers pulled up. He was told to move away from the house and, when he did, he said he was thrown down, beaten with a club and arrested.

“He (Martin) started beating me with the nightstick and the other officer jumped on my back and put a knee in my back and I was getting hit with the nightstick,” Douglas said.

This is the second time this year Martin has been investigated for his actions. In July, Martin was suspended for five days after an investigation of a May 24 scuffle with emergency medical technician Maurice White Jr.

In that incident, Martin pulled over an ambulance in Paden after the driver, Paul Franks, failed to yield to Martin’s patrol car.

Martin said White kept getting in his way, and finally Martin tried to arrest White for obstructing an officer. A cell phone video of two scuffles was placed on YouTube.

Martin was previously the police chief for Fairfax in rural Osage County from March 1999 to July 2000, which ended when he was fired.



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