Illegal visits prompt changes at Oklahoma County jail

Officers at the Oklahoma County jail have been told to ask more questions when investigators from other agencies drop in to question one of the facility's 2,000-plus inmates.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE AND NOLAN CLAY Published: February 2, 2012

Because of the lack of privacy, Whetsel said he believes there was no sexual contact between Ali and Wilson.

There is no video footage or audio recordings of the six private meetings, Whetsel said.

Detention officers became suspicious of Ali on his last visit because he signed in as being from Logan County but was wearing a jacket that said “Police” rather than “Deputy,” records show.

“At the time, he claimed to be from the sheriff's office in Logan County,” Whetsel said. “But the credentials he produced were from the Langston Police Department.”

Ali was fired Jan. 18

Geisette Meade, town administrator of Langston, said Ali was terminated Jan. 18.

Meade did say Ali was suspended before being fired. She didn't say why or for how long.

“The city didn't need his services anymore, and that's about all I can say,” she said.

Meade said Langston employs two full-time police officers to serve the town of roughly 1,700.

Three reserve officers, who aren't paid for their services, are also part of the staff.

Meade said reserve officers in Langston are issued uniforms, badges and other police credentials.

Whetsel said the fact Ali used his uniform to secure private visits with his fiancee in the county jail warrants serious criminal charges.

“He has no place in the business of law enforcement by abusing that authority,” he said.


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