HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave while he faces a criminal charge alleging he repeatedly kicked a handcuffed woman.
Barry Jacob E. Rowland of Bixby was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for allegedly kicking Dana Michelle Walls, 32, of Tulsa, as she lay handcuffed on the ground outside a Henryetta club.
District Attorney Tom Giulioli said the charge against Rowland, 32, of Bixby, was filed after other officers complained about Rowland's conduct that night. Giulioli said a video from Rowland's patrol car shows him kicking Walls in the chest at least three times.
His next court date is scheduled for May 20.
Rowland, who has been a trooper since May 2006, was charged March 3 in Okmulgee County District Court.
He claims Walls spit on him and was drunk in the Nov. 21 incident, according to court records.
Walls is charged in Okmulgee County District Court with public intoxication and a felony complaint of placing bodily fluid on an officer.
Walls told The Oklahoman she doesn't recall how many times Rowland kicked her, but she woke up in the county jail the next morning with large bruises.
"I didn't file a complaint because I figured I wasn't the first person this had happened to," Walls said. "I doubt I'll be the last. Besides, he's a cop. I figured nothing would probably happen if I did (file a complaint)."
She said she didn't spit on Rowland, but remembers Rowland asking her several times on the way to jail why she did it.
"I kept telling him 'I didn't spit on you,'" Walls said.
Giulioli said the video doesn't show Walls spitting on Rowland.
The patrol declined to release the video, saying it is part of an ongoing investigation.
If convicted, Rowland could face up to 90 days in the county jail and be fined up to $1,000.
If Walls is convicted of spitting on Rowland, she could be sentenced to up to five years in the county jail.