Tulsa City Councilor, Police Chief Remain at Odds
"I'm very happy with the way the officers conducted themselves," said Tulsa police chief Chuck Jordan.
That is the only sound bite you'll hear in this story. And it isn't even from today, Monday. It's from last week when the police chief was weighing in on the compliance controversy that erupted after an inspection at an establishment owned by Tulsa city councilor Blake Ewing.
Monday, the chief issued a statement with nine bullet points pertaining to the matter, including, "There may have been a bad judgement call made that evening, but it was not made by my police officers."
Which brings us to Councilor Ewing, who countered with his own statement Monday; "Immediately following the incident, I reached out to Chief Jordan to discuss the manner in which these compliance checks are conducted, which was the issue I raised that evening. Sadly, the actions of the department in the time since making that appointment have communicated a stronger desire to be vindicated than to improve the way in which they interface with local businesses."
From the Chief, "There is no indication in reports or recordings that officers were harsh or aggressive at any time. There are clear indications that they remained professional and tolerant throughout the incident when confronted by harsh and aggressive behavior themselves."
From the Councilor, "While it is tempting to continue to try to represent my side of this public dispute, I can't see how dragging this issue on is of any benefit to the community."
A day of dueling statements; "The Police Department wants all entertainment venues in the city to be successful and flourish," wrote the chief.
"Our small business community shouldn't ever fear retribution from law enforcement," wrote Ewing.