MIAMI, OK — Oklahoma Highway Patrol dash camera video released this week appears to show a trooper pulling a Miami man out of his pickup onto the ground and a Miami police officer running toward the driver and kicking him in the face.
A fourth Miami police officer has been put on administrative leave with pay in connection with the case, City Manager Jeff Bishop said Wednesday.
Three other officers were placed on administrative leave in October. One officer was identified as Teresa Lashmet and a second as “Officer Myers,” in a probable cause affidavit written by Lashmet.
The third officer was not named in the affidavit, and Bishop declined Wednesday to comment on the investigation or identify the fourth officer. The two unnamed officers apparently were not at the scene of the arrest.
City Attorney David Anderson also declined to name the fourth officer and said the matter is under investigation.
Jerry Dean Payne Jr., 36, was arrested May 14 in the parking lot of the Stables Casino in Miami. He faced misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, driving under suspension and obstructing an officer. The charges were dropped Oct. 21, according to court records.
The recording shows a highway patrol trooper arriving at the scene of the arrest, followed by a Miami police unit.
Payne is seen on the video with his pickup door open and holding up his hands. A female police officer is seen in the video approaching the pickup with her handgun drawn.
The trooper, identified by Lashmet in her affidavit as Kenny McGee, is seen on the video pulling Payne out of his pickup, and a male Miami officer is seen running toward Payne, kicking him in the face and then falling onto Payne.
Phone messages left for Payne were not returned.
George Brown, patrol spokesman, said Wednesday that McGee has not been suspended and is not under investigation.
Payne's attorney, Clint Ward, contends the video and probable cause affidavit don't line up with each other.
The affidavit reports Payne was pulled to the ground and suffered a scratch to the left cheek and a bump above his left eye. But Ward said Payne's injuries included broken teeth, a bloody lip, bumps, bruises and scrapes all over his face.
Lashmet wrote in her affidavit that she offered Payne medical treatment but that he refused.
District Attorney Eddie Wyant recused himself from the case.