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Once Fired Police Officer Connected to Cadet's Death
An Oklahoma City police officer once fired for kicking a
in the head is the officer involved in the final training of
Kelley Chase. Police Chief
confirmed to Fox 25 Sgt. John Blumenthal was involved in the final
that ended with Cadet Chase falling and hitting his head on a mat. Chase died later at the
Blumenthal pleaded guilty to assault and battery in 2008
after an internal
police investigation found that he kicked a homeless man in the
face after the
man was handcuffed. The
found Blumenthal falsified information during another drug arrest.
As part of a deal with prosecutors Blumenthal pleaded
guilty to assault
and battery, a misdemeanor, in exchange for a 90-day suspended
Police Chief Citty fired Blumenthal following the
the firing went to arbitration. An
reinstated Blumenthal. Chief
the ruling required him to be put back to the same duties he had
firing. One of those
duties was as a
Sources tell Fox 25 the police training class may have
aggressive than necessary towards Cadet Chase.
“I don't see it from the video,” Citty told Fox 25,
“Of course all I
have is the video from the six minute testing process, and it
overly aggressive to me at all.”
Former police officers have expressed concerns about
Blumenthal being involved
in training new police officer after his conviction. “It wouldn't
surprise me if
they were concerned about Blumenthal being back at work at all,
training,” Citty said. However
police chief says he was bound by the arbitrator’s ruling to
return the officer
to full status.
A former attorney for Blumenthal told Fox 25 the
case was exaggerated and that only one of the five officers who
assault thought Blumenthal did anything wrong.
He added that an internal board of review cleared him
prior to the Chief’s
decision to fire him.
The attorney says Blumenthal was one of four
training officers who
were involved in the exercise when Chase died.
He says Blumenthal just happened to be the last one to
have contact with
him. The attorney says
once hired by the US State Department to conduct training and
says it is likely
the medical examiner’s report will show a pre-existing condition
ultimately responsible for Chase’s death.
Posted: Thursday, October 25 2012, 09:42 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. Legislature honors Moore schools educators
May 23, 2013 22:06 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Legislature is honoring two educators from a school district where a massive tornado destroyed one elementary school and heavily damaged another.
Robert Romines, incoming superintendent of Moore Public Schools, and Shelly McMillin, principal of Briarwood Elementary School, appeared before the Oklahoma House and Senate Thursday.
Their visit comes after a monstrous tornado ripped through Moore on Monday and destroyed the Plaza Towers Elementary School, killing seven third-graders. The same tornado heavily damaged Briarwood.
Romines says the area has witnessed a lot of devastation, but that it will rebuild. He asked lawmakers to pray for strength and wisdom and courage for the community.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi says the Board of Education has agreed to suspend the remainder of Moore's school year and has waived some reporting requirements.
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