Oklahoma City police officer sues city

Police Lt. Phil Williams alleges retaliation for reporting police misconduct.
by Nolan Clay Modified: February 1, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: February 1, 2014
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An Oklahoma City police officer is suing the city, alleging he was retaliated against for reporting police misconduct.

Phil A. Williams, 52, contends he was told to “keep his mouth shut” about a police captain's involvement in a massive auto-theft ring.

He also alleges he was retaliated against for hiring an attorney disliked by the police chief.

Williams filed the civil rights lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma City federal court, two years after he was put on administrative leave and stripped of all duties.

He is suing the city, Police Chief Bill Citty and three other police officials.

Williams has been under internal investigation because of accusations made by a police detective in December 2011.

Most notably, Williams was accused of leaking information to criminal defense attorneys, including his personal attorney and good friend, Scott Adams.

Williams said the accusations against him are false. He contends in the lawsuit he was investigated because he reported the police captain's wrongdoing to state and federal prosecutors.

He also contends in the lawsuit that Citty complained directly about his relationship with Adams “because Adams wins a lot of cases against the city.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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