There will be a rally for the Tulsa Police Dept Captain that was demoted for refusing to attend the Tulsa Islamic Center police appreciation day. I ran the story here.
My new hero, Police Captain Paul Fields.
This courageous police captain was initially disciplined for refusing to require his subordinates to attend an event at a Muslim Brotherhood mosque in Tulsa. So he filed a federal suit against the Tulsa Police Department asking for $1 in damages on each of two claims. I love him.
...Memos indicate that attendance was initially voluntary. However, Deputy Chief Daryl Webster ordered each patrol division to send six officers and three supervisors, when no one signed up.
The rally will be Tuesday, Aug 30th @ 10am Tulsa Centennial Park 600 S. Main Tulsa, Ok.
We will be meeting at the park for the rally and then walking down to city hall to deliver the petition to the mayor for Capt Fields reinstatement.
In a written response to the order from his superior, Captain Fields stated that he considered the order to be ―an unlawful order, as it is in direct conflict with [his] personal religious convictions, as well as to be conscience shocking. He also told his superiors that he would not require any of his subordinates to follow the order ―if they share similar religious convictions.
The Thomas More Law Center has taken Captain Fields' case:
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel for TMLC, commented, ―This case is an astonishing example of a double standard. If this were a Catholic or Protestant prayer event, no one would have been ordered to attend, and no one would have been punished for refusing to attend. It is a prime example of government officials over-stepping their authority when it comes to government intrusion on an employee‘s constitutionally protected freedoms.‖
Captain Fields is fighting back. TMLC and local attorney Wood have filed a civil rights action against the City of Tulsa, its chief of police, and its deputy chief of police, alleging that the City and its officials violated Captain Fields‘ fundamental constitutional rights by ordering him to the mosque under penalty of adverse employment consequences.
Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel for TMLC handling the case, stated, ―The City of Tulsa Police Department and its highest ranking officials are not only willfully blind to the threat that sharia (Islamic law) poses in their own community, they are willfully blind to the fundamental rights that our very own Constitution provides to its American citizens, including Captain Fields. In effect, as the Amended Complaint sets out in greater detail, the City‘s police department and its officials are unwittingly complicit in the Muslim Brotherhood‘s ̳civilization jihadist process,‘ to the detriment of one of its most loyal and competent police officers.‖