OHP Trooper Rowland's assault & battery case court date set
Posted in the Tulsa Forum
The news media, including Newson6 (but no comments section attached) have reported that OHP Trooper Barry Jacob E. Rowland now has a trial date set for March 2010 for the alleged incident of kicking a handcuffed woman prisoner, Dana Michelle Walls, at least three times in the chest on November 21, 2008, because she allegedly spit on Rowland, after being arrested for public intoxication outside a bar in Henryetta (Okmulgee County).(He was not charged until March 2009.) The incident was captured on the trooper's dashcam video and was reported to the authorities by other law enforcement officers present. Walls denies spitting on the trooper and the district attorney said there was no evidence on the video that shows her doing so, either.
ROWLAND HAS BEEN ON FULL PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE SINCE THE INCIDENT.
OHP refuses to release the dashcam video to media.
Walls has been charged with a felony for allegedly spitting on Rowland and faces up to FIVE YEARS in prison if convicted. Rowland was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and would face only up to 90 DAYS in jail and a $1,000 fine, if convicted. Does that seem fair?
Why is this man still employed by the OHP? Once the assault was verified, he should have been dismissed immediately. Instead, he's been collecting his salary while on leave from the job. His annual salary is $43,500.
BTW, as reported in May 2009, Rowland is a resident of Bixby, OK, and Walls lives in Tulsa.
I hope people will demand the release of the video to the media for the public to see and for an investigation into the operations of the OHP with regards to its policies.
May 7, 2009 Trooper Charged with Kicking Handcuffed Woman
September 10, 2009 Trooper accused of kicking handcuffed woman set for trial
Trooper Rowland has Gary James as the attorney representing him, the same guy that represented Trooper Daniel Martin after he assaulted the EMT Maurice White and the video of the assault ended up on the internet and the OHP eventually, reluctantly released the dashcam recording.
I couldn't find this thread a little while ago. Now it's back up and the other, newer thread on this subject is not visible.
Here is a link to the September 11, 2009, story published by Newson6 on this subject:
You can access the comments through that article, if you can't find it on the forum listing.
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