No Jail For Oklahoma Cop Who Lied About Beating Motorist
admitting perjury in cover up of the beating of a motorist, Miami,
Oklahoma police officer sentenced to unsupervised probation.
Oklahoma police officer Teresa Lashmet will not spend any time in jail
after admitting that she committed perjury to cover up the brutal
beating of a motorist that was caught on a dashcam video. Ottawa County
Judge Bill Culver on Tuesday imposed a sentence of unsupervised
probation for three years, deferred, and a $300 fine after she entered a
plea of no contest to a charge of "outraging public decency."
2012, Lashmet was hailed as Miami's first female police officer, and
she had high hopes of making detective. That hope died after she
participated in the brutal beating of Jerry Dean Payne Jr. on May 14,
2013. She claimed that Payne was speeding and driving erratically. The
officers signaled Payne's 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck to pull over. He
stopped in the parking lot of the Stables Casino.
the car right now," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer Kenny McKee yelled
as Payne's truck came to a rest in a parking spot.
immediately opened the door to his truck and stuck both of his hands out
the door so that they were clearly visible in the patrol car's
headlights. Officer Lashmet approached with her gun drawn. She then
helped McKee yank Payne out of the truck and face first onto the
pavement. A third officer, Jeremy Myers, ran up to Payne and kicked him
in the face while he was subdued.
Battered and bruised, with broken teeth, Payne was taken to jail accused of driving under the influence