A garrison town police officer is on leave as an internal investigation is underway after two women accused the officer of harassment.
“I feel like he can do and say anything and get away with it,” Briana Ogle said.
Ogle talks about the garrison police department officer. Ogle first met him when she called the police to her apartment in August about an unrelated incident.
Ogle added: “He said to me, ‘Let me get your information, that way you can have the time and dates when this happened. So I handed him my driver’s license and he told me I had beautiful eyes.
But she says it didn’t end there.
“And then when he returned my driver’s license, that’s when he physically stroked my arm,” she said.
Ogle claims the officer returned to her home several times that evening, inappropriately touching her on the lower back. She says she became more worried when he showed up for work at a local motel and even followed her home one night.
“We started our vehicles and he was across the street in the public parking lot and as soon as we started our cars his lights came on,” Ogle added. “He flanked me all the way to my parents’ house. I ended up staying with my parents because I was so scared to come home.
Another motel worker says she also had some trouble with the agent.
“He stopped, got out of his vehicle and started walking to the picnic table and turned off his body camera, which I found very strange and he made an obscene gesture,” added Rebecca Huston.
KX News obtained formal complaints from the two women who were filed with the city, describing their encounters. They also brought the matter directly to the city garrison council. They were to be on the agenda on September 8.
“We were on the agenda, but for some reason we were withdrawn without consent. I don’t know for what reason, ”Huston said in a recording of the city council meeting.
“It was my recommendation. We have been made aware of an informal complaint regarding one of our agents and it is currently under investigation and is not something we will be discussing in City Council, ”said City Attorney Jim Wilson. .
We contacted the city attorney, the mayor and the police chief. They say the matter is currently under investigation and cannot comment.
We also heard from a city council member who said he “had not been informed by any city official of the status of the allegations or the investigation.”
As for Ogle and Huston, they say they just want to feel safe.
“I protect myself, I protect Briana, I protect this whole community. That’s what I’m trying to do, ”Huston said.
This officer is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. In the meantime, the city has only one other policeman on duty – the chief. Another agent has been hired but has not yet started.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.