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Okla. Officer: Supervisors OK'd Toddler Urination Ticket

July 08, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KWTV.
Screenshot via KWTV.
The Piedmont (Okla.) Police officer who was fired for issuing a citation to the mother of a 3-year-old urinating in the street now says two supervisors sanctioned the ticket.

Ken Qualls, who was fired from the agency eight months ago, told KWTV he was given approval by the two supervisors as well as an assistant district attorney to issue the $2,500 citation.

The city fired Qualls eight days later and released a statement saying the officer should have used "better judgment." Qualls is considering filing a wrongful termination lawsuit, after the city's personnel board denied his request for reinstatement.

Qualls, who had 18 years of experience, wrote the ticket Nov. 4 to Ashley Warden because her 3-year-old son, Dillan, had dropped his pants in the front yard.

Tags: Piedmont (Okla.) PD, Officer Fired, Odd Crimes


Comments (12)

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Troop @ 7/8/2013 1:52 PM

No wonder people hate the cops. Idiots.

Chuck @ 7/8/2013 3:58 PM

What is wrong with pulling the parents aside and talking to them. The officer didnt use very good discretion

Tom Ret @ 7/8/2013 4:12 PM

The officer unfortunately displayed a total lack of common sense. I don't know that it rose to the level of being fired but what was he thinking?
Officers need to ask themselves if they would want to be cited if the shoe was on the other foot. Most I would say would not.

Lenny @ 7/8/2013 6:18 PM

Good thing this didn't happen in Texas, they probably would have given the mother a rectal and vaginal search and imprisoned the child.

bpd3733 @ 7/8/2013 9:44 PM

He was wrong to write the ticket. They were wrong to fire him for it. You go the extra mile to counsel an officer. Especially one with 18 years experience.

Nichole @ 7/9/2013 4:08 AM

I think I'm the only one that thinks maybe he was thinking in the best interests of the parents. I know that sounds stupid, but you never know what pervert is lurking in your neighborhood watching your children. It could've been temptation for any lunatic looking to snatch a child.

Sorry, I know I'm in the minority here, but while the ticket may have been extreme, we don't know what the parents were like. Maybe at the time it seemed like a good way to protect the child and let the parents know how serious it could be for them. I agree that a talking to would've probably been sufficient, but these days you can't be too careful with your little ones.

ktlwry @ 7/9/2013 4:59 AM

Really? That's just stupid. All of it.

Mike @ 7/9/2013 5:51 AM

How stupid….That’s the beauty of being 3, you can pee anywhere and no one cares

Trigger @ 7/9/2013 9:33 AM

So what would of happened if they had a dog that took a whiz or a dump next to where the kid whizzed?

pup @ 7/9/2013 10:23 AM

I agree with Nichole....Although the officer took the extreme, did he see the incident occur? Was he called there or just patrolling his area? The big question is, what was the attitude of the parents? Were they (mom or dad) AH's? Was the officer left without a choice and used the pen to fix the problem? It would be nice to find out the facts. But, to fired the officer was plain political and uncalled for

Tom @ 7/9/2013 11:32 AM

A lesser sanction than firing of an officer with 18 years experience seems warranted here IMHO.

Exposedmugshots.com @ 12/24/2013 8:15 AM

Probrably not best use of law enforcement budget or time.

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