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February 21, 2014

Moore Police Department to hand over investigation to OSBI after man’s death at Warren Theatre

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“The OSBI is an independent agency,” Lewis said. “We felt it would be good to let another agency look at it. We’re not covering anything up or hiding anything.”

However, Lewis said bringing in the OSBI had nothing to do with the public accusations being levied at the department.

“We didn’t have any specific people that we know that are demanding that we give this to anyone,” Lewis said. “It was more of just the totality of all the circumstances. We really didn’t feel right in investigating a state police officer. It just made sense to let them do the investigation at this point.”

Yet on Wednesday, State Rep. Mike Shelton requested that the OSBI be brought in to investigate.

“We are hearing many concerns from family and witnesses about the actions of the Moore police officers that night,” Shelton said in a news release. “For the sake of an impartial investigation, I believe the OSBI must step in and take this inquiry over from the Moore Police Department. To avoid having this situation turn into an even bigger controversy, I believe state officials should be put in charge.”

Three MPD officers have been placed on administrative leave following the incident. They have yet to be identified.

 

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