Are church and synagogue events mandatory for police officers in Tulsa now as well? “Email: TPD captain investigated for refusing to order officers” attendance at mosque event,” by Jarrel Wade for the Tulsa World, February 22 (thanks to Cedrick):
A Tulsa police captain who allegedly refused to require his subordinates to attend a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” at the Tulsa mosque has been assigned to a different division as the department investigates the matter, an email obtained by the Tulsa World states.
In an email sent by Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Board of Directors Chairman Clay Ballenger to FOP members Monday, Ballenger said Tulsa police Capt. Paul Fields was temporarily transferred to the Mingo Valley Division on Monday afternoon.
The email states that internal affairs officers are investigating Fields’ refusal “to attend and/or order officers to attend the ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ at the Mosque of the Islamic Society of Tulsa. ”
It states that Fields’ refusal “was based on the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Departmental Policy, and past practices of the Tulsa Police Department.
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan confirmed that Fields was transferred Monday pending an internal affairs investigation. Citing confidentiality of personnel matters, Jordan said he could not comment further.
According to the invitation from the Islamic Society of Tulsa, which was attached to the email, the event is scheduled for March 4 at the Tulsa mosque.
The event is offered to all law enforcement officers and will be open for about six hours with a casual come-and-go atmosphere, according to the invite. The organizers are offering a buffet of American and ethnic foods, as well as short-and-long mosque tours.
The event is meant to show appreciation to local law enforcement and to offer an opportunity to meet local Muslims and leadership, according to the invite.
The invitation urges those who attend to ask questions on any subject.
But given the track record of such meetings nationwide, it is worth noting that the invitation does not guarantee full or truthful answers.