Judge rules for Tulsa in police captain's suit over event at mosque

A federal judge ruled in favor of the city of Tulsa on Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a Tulsa police captain who refused to attend a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at an Islamic mosque.

By DAVID HARPER - Tulsa World Modified: December 14, 2012 at 9:29 am •  Published: December 14, 2012
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A federal judge ruled in favor of the city of Tulsa on Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a Tulsa police captain who refused to attend a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at an Islamic mosque.

U.S. Chief District Judge Gregory Frizzell wrote "no reasonable jury" could find Capt. Paul Fields was ordered to attend the March 4, 2011, event at the Islamic Society of Tulsa's mosque because "the directive at issue permitted him to assign others to attend rather than attend himself."

City Attorney David O'Meilia said Thursday evening that Fields "spectacularly overreacted to simple directive" to find officers to attend a community outreach event.

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