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Dash cam video in Miami, OK, case puts fourth lawman on leave

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol dash camera video released this week appears to show a Miami, OK, police officer kicking a driver in the face during a traffic stop.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: November 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm •  Published: November 6, 2013

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.

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