ACLU of Oklahoma wants OSBI inquiry into Caddo County drug stops

Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks halted drug stops after judge complained July 2.
by Nolan Clay Published: July 30, 2013
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“I'm reviewing everything and will make the appropriate determinations after review of the entire matter,” he said.

Desert Snow's chief executive officer, Jeff David, said Monday its training program and its financial agreement with Hicks have been reviewed by the state auditor and Oklahoma district attorneys and found to be legal.

The past president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, Greg Mashburn, disputed the Desert Snow statement, saying, “I'm not aware of any review by Oklahoma's district attorneys, regarding that company.”

The ACLU complained the Desert Snow men involved in the stops “are not officers at all, but rather private citizens pretending to be peace officers, and engaging in potentially deadly encounters without the benefit of the 600 hours of instruction mandated for an Oklahoma professional peace officer, and without a shred of public accountability.”

The ACLU told Hicks, “Your whims do not trump the duly-enacted laws of the State of Oklahoma, and neither you nor the counterfeit cops are above the law.”

The ACLU suggested Attorney General Scott Pruitt appoint a prosecutor to make a decision on charges.

The attorney general's office already is investigating a complaint that $400 went missing from money seized during an I-40 stop in January.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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