Jesse Jackson calls for congressional inquiry into alleged Oklahoma City police civil rights violations

The Rev. Jackson and more than 100 protesters called on Oklahoma City police to reopen their investigation into the death of Robin Leander Howard and to punish the officers who arrested him. Howard, 54, died in June four days after a physical confrontation with patrol officers.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: March 19, 2013

Howard died after fleeing the police — first in a vehicle and then on foot — and then resisting arrest, Nelson said.

“The chief said he's confident the officers used only the force necessary to take Mr. Howard into custody,” Nelson said. “Jesse Jackson coming to town only got one side of the story; he didn't meet with the police, he only met with the family and the family attorney.”

The department is now wrapping up an administrative investigation and will consider a formal complaint filed by the Howard family in their determination, Nelson said.

The patrol officers were initially put on restrictive duty immediately following Howard's death, but are now back to full duty, he said.

Oklahoma City attorney David Slane, who is representing the Howard family and organized the Jackson trip, said the family wants to see the patrol officers disciplined and wants access to all records of the incident and subsequent investigations.

“The next step is yet to be seen,” he said Tuesday. “We need to see everything that happened to Robin Howard, what Robin Howard had to say. Chief Citty has shared some of that with us ... but he knows a lot more and there's a lot more out there, and then we can decide the next step.”

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