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Investigator, OSBI disagree on arrest tactics

Kyle Eastridge has criticized Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for not pressuring prosecutors to file charges, but agency officials say they can't risk turning allies into enemies.
BY KEN RAYMOND Modified: July 26, 2010 at 8:29 am •  Published: July 25, 2010

Sometimes, he said, investigators need to make arrests even if prosecutors are reluctant to file charges.

"Let the DA decide to release a murder suspect that you have evidence on," he said. "That's not going to happen, I guarantee you."

Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman, said Eastridge doesn't understand that the agency cannot afford to anger prosecutors.

"It reflects his lack of understanding of the OSBI and the difference between original jurisdiction and limited jurisdiction," she said. "The district attorneys determine if we get a case in their jurisdiction. We cannot be helpful if the DA doesn't want us there.

"We have to have a decent relationship. We can't ride roughshod over the system."