MIAMI, OK — Three Miami police officers are on administrative leave with pay after a videotape surfaced showing two of the officers allegedly using excessive force on a male suspect during a traffic stop.
District Attorney Eddie Wyant released a statement Wednesday night saying, “information has been provided to my office that possibly supports the fact that perjury and/or unnecessary physical use of force by more than one Miami police officer has occurred in a recent Ottawa County case.”
Wyant recused himself from the case, saying “investigatory decisions” will be made by the state attorney general's office.
Acting Police Chief Thomas Anderson confirmed three officers were on leave and they were the subject of an “internal inquiry.”
The officers were placed on administrative last week, according to city attorney David Anderson. Anderson declined to comment on the allegations, except to say the leave was not a disciplinary measure but rather a time for investigation into the accusations.
Jerry Dean Payne, Jr., 36, of Miami, was arrested May 14 in the parking lot of the Stables Casino in Miami. He was charged three days later in Ottawa County District Court with misdemeanor violations of driving under the influence, driving under suspension and obstructing an officer. The charges were dropped Oct. 21, according to court records.
Clint Ward, Payne's attorney, disputed facts in the probable cause affidavit. “The PC was totally fabricated,” Ward said.
An intoxicated Payne was combative with police officers about leaving the vehicle and was eventually pulled to the ground, according to the affidavit.
Ward said he reviewed security footage from the Stables Casino and from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper's dashcam.