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9:57 am
Thu July 22, 2010

Tulsa Police Investigation

Tulsa, OK – Okla police chief says internal probe conducted

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa's interim police chief says his department conducted its own investigation of possible theft and lying by police officers.

Chief Chuck Jordan said Wednesday that the department's probe started in May 2009 and involved information developed by the Internal Affairs unit. Jordan says he couldn't name the officers who were investigated.

Federal indictments unsealed Tuesday accused five officers of civil rights violations, planting drug evidence on suspects and other crimes.

Officers Bruce Bonham and Nick DeBruin and retired officer Harold Wells were released on bond Tuesday, but officers Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton remained in the Tulsa Jail on Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Jane Duke in Arkansas says the investigation is continuing. Duke was appointed to the case after federal prosecutors in Tulsa recused themselves.