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Okla. Capt. Sues Superior In Islamic Event Flap

February 24, 2011  | 

The Tulsa (Okla.) Police captain reprimanded for declining to send officers to an Islamic center event fired back Wednesday, filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against his supervisor.

Capt. Paul Fields also claims that Deputy Chief Daryl Webster retaliated against him for his "exercise of his First Amendment Rights" and singled him out for disparate treatment, reports the Tulsa World.

In the suit, Fields asked for $1 in nominal damages on each of his two claims, attorneys' fees and whatever other relief "the court deems just and proper under the circumstances."

On Monday, Fields was temporarily transferred from the Police Department's Riverside Division to another patrol shift at the Mingo Valley Division.

Read the full story at TulsaWorld.com.


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Morning Eagle @ 2/24/2011 8:48 PM

Way to go Captain, hang in there. Their brand of PC idiocy should not be allowed to stand unchallenged. Administrators like those two have already done incalculable damage in law enforcement and the military, our two most important institutions, whose upper echelons have been infected with the PC virus.

Supporter @ 2/25/2011 8:01 AM

I can understand both sides. With the events that have taken place, non-islamic members view a visit to a mosque as supporting terrorism. I also understand that we non-islamic members should be able to understand a different religion and although attending a prayer session may be above and beyond the call of duty, taking a tour might not be out of line. The Captain stood by his convictions- an admirable trait. The Captain as a high ranking officer also has a duty to follow (within reason) orders and has a choice to make whether he wants to work in an organization that requires reasonable orders be followed. I admire the fact that on its face he is not simply trying to profit from this ($1.00 in damages). So a slap on the wrist for not following orders, along with a candid discussion about why he needs to set an example as a Captain would have been sufficient in my eyes. However, there are always two sides of the story.

John @ 8/16/2012 7:16 PM

I would expect this in NY or CA, but not in OK. Deputy Chief Webster seems like the kind of p.o.s. that should be a department head in the Obama Administration. The good captain should start wearing a turbin & yelling death to the infidels. Then maybe he could advance further in what is obviously a horse shit department.

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