Police in Chelsea, Oklahoma, say they were threatened and forced to drop DUI charges against a man whom they say is very influential in the small town.
Assistant Police Chief Travis Hogan reportedly showed KTUL a dashcam video of a DUI that took place two months ago and has since stirred up a lot of controversy.
"My officers have received threats. I personally and the chief has received threats to our jobs," Hogan told the news station.
On the evening of the incident in question, Officer Nicholas Pappe reportedly pulled over a white Jeep and was greeted by Brian Haggard, who is said to be a businessman who is very well connected, reports The Blaze. Pappe was about to arrest Haggard for driving while under the influence, but what reportedly happened next stopped the department dead in its tracks.
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"I was shocked when I received the phone call from the police commissioner," Hogan said. "I thought he knew better than that. But for him to call me and ask me if I would allow him to leave his home to the traffic stop and pick that individual up and take him home in lieu of even a citation much less an arrest, I find that highly unethical."
Hogan says even the city manager arrived at the scene and that, although he didn't try to prevent Pappe from arresting Haggard, he made his presence and stand against it known.
The officer reportedly went through with the arrest anyway, and the department has been dealing with several consequences since that night, which he says include threats over Facebook.
Hogan also claims Haggard has been making it a point to tell everybody in the population of less than 2,000 who will listen that "I will have the job of the chief, the assistant chief, and Nick Pappe."
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Haggard reportedly denies making these threats and told KTUL that the "cops are ruining the reputation of the city."
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