Tahlequah police officer accused of stealing money www.privateofficer.com
Tahlequah Oklahoma Aug 31 2011 A police officer is stepping down allegedly after stealing money from Hispanic drivers during traffic stops.
The investigation began about a month ago after an alleged victim filed a complaint against Tahlequah police officer James Johnson, saying Johnson stole about a thousand dollars from his wallet after he told Johnson that he didn’t have a green card or a driver’s license.
Bruce Niemi with the Coalition for the American Dream told the News on 6 yesterday that Johnson was “taking advantage of a group of people that fear the police. That’s the fear in the mind of the entire community that they or their relatives will suffer deportation.”
Johnson allegedly told detectives that he stole between $800 and $1,000 because he needed money to spend on his children.
Johnson had been under investigation for about a month.