Two families have come forward with a tort claim and are in the process of filing a civil lawsuit against the City of Guthrie following an incident involving a police officer, two boys and a toy gun last April.
Both Lisa Scott and Tammy Jeffries say their sons (ages 14 and 11 at the time) were scoped out by an off duty Guthrie police officer for being of mixed race when he drove by several times in his civilian car watching the boys play with a toy gun with an orange tip in front of a residence.
Guthrie News Page obtained the notice of claim that was typed on a letterhead by attorney Alexander L. Bednar dated May 11, 2012.
The claim states the off-duty officer exited his vehicle and drew his weapon on the two boys and did not identify himself as a police officer and simply started yelling at them on or about the day of April 18, 2012.
The claim says the officer saw the toy gun on the ground with the orange tip and screamed at the children “what the (expletive) is this?”
It continues to say, that the officer forced the two children to stand against a wall while continuing to point his weapon at them, causing fear and trauma.
According to a neighbor, the officer with his gun raised and pointed at the two children, told one of the mothers that she thought her son was about to be arrested. She then rushed outside and yelled at the officer asking what he was doing.
The children were later released once officers, who were dispatched by the off duty officer, arrived to the scene.
Guthrie City Attorney Randel Shadid provided a statement about the tort claim.
“We’ve already investigated this incident. The families weren’t happy with the outcome of the city’s investigation. We’re proceeding with the legal municipal process.”
Bednar goes on to say in the claim that the City of Guthrie officials have not taken action against the officer and has ratified the inappropriate behavior of the officer.
The claim asks for a minimum of $125,000 for each incident claimed (10), immediate injunction on police, investigation by a neutral entity, payment of all medical bills, pain and suffering and attorney fees.
The families Oklahoma City attorney, Bednar, currently has multiple claims against the City of Guthrie, including the case between Fazal Khan and the Halftime Bar and Grill. Related story: Local bar owner files suit against City of Guthrie