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OHP trooper agrees to quit under kicking-case plea

BY MICHAEL BAKER Published: March 27, 2010

/> The prosecutor said other law enforcement agents would testify that Rowland "exceeded necessary force” in responding to Walls’ spitting.

Giulioli also told the court a video tape of the incident exists. Last year, Giulioli told The Oklahoman that a video from Rowland’s patrol car and another trooper’s vehicle shows Rowland kicking Walls in the chest. The video has not been released to the public because of pending investigations.

Special District Judge Cynthia Pickering sentenced Rowland to one year of unsupervised probation, a fine and court costs of $796 and required him to resign from the highway patrol and CLEET by Thursday. Rowland has been a trooper since May 2006 and on paid leave since the incident.

After the hearing, Giulioli praised highway patrol trooper Ronnie Sites, for reporting the incident.

"It took a tremendous amount of courage for him to report this incident,” Giulioli said. "Had he not done so, I don’t think it would ever had been brought to light.”

A court case against Walls is still pending. She is charged with public intoxication and a felony complaint of placing bodily fluid on an officer. If convicted of spitting on Rowland, Walls faces up to five years of incarceration.