Chief Of Worst Police Department In U.S. Under Fire Over Inappropriate Viral Photo With Teen Girls

The fourth interim police chief, so far this year in Colbert, Okla., got caught posing with teenagers in inappropriate photos posted on Facebook.

Colbert, OK - The most recent Colbert Police Chief, David Petersen, is under fire for now-viral photos of him posing with two teen girls.

Chief Petersen is the fourth police chief the town has had this year, according to KTEN .

One photo showed the chief sitting in his police cruiser, with the driver's window down, displaying his middle finger, with the two girls doing the same thing while standing beside the vehicle.

Another photo showed Chief Petersen with his arms around both girls, who were said to be 17 and 18 years old.

The images were posted on a Facebook page, and have since gone viral.

Chief Petersen is the third interim police chief for the Colbert Police Department this year. He was hired in September, despite having a prior arrest record, and having been terminated from the Pushmataha County Sheriff's Office in 2016, according to KXII.

Records from his termination state that he used his county vehicle for personal use, and gave rides to people who didn't work for the county.

In another incident while he was employed by the Sheriff's Office, Chief Petersen used his personal truck to respond to a call about a creepy clown.

Antlers Police pursued his truck, not knowing that it was his. The Antlers officer who chased then-Deputy Petersen totaled his cruiser during the chase.

In 2011, Chief Petersen was arrested for embezzlement after admitting to taking a laptop, toys, and food from the Walmart where he worked. Court records show that charge was later dismissed.

As recently as this January, Chief Petersen was charged with forging a Julian Lumber Company employee's signature to get about $50 worth of gas.

That charge was dismissed because he paid restitution to the owner of the lumber company.

If you wonder how this man could be a police chief, it's because he works for the worst department in the U.S. which has already seen three chiefs go over allegations of corruption within the city council and ties to neo-nazi groups.

In December of 2016, Colbert Police Chief John Polston was fired after being accused of not following proper procedures and insubordination.

Chief Colbert was reinstated because he had been fired without the council giving him a hearing, but he was later fired for a second and last time.

The first interim police chief, Bart Alsbrook, was given the position despite being a reserve police officer. He resigned in late August after his name was linked to a neo-Nazi web site, according to KFOR.

Alsbrook claimed that his identity had been stolen in the 1990s. The websites were taken down after they were brought to Chief Alsbrook's attention.

In March, Police Chief Frank Burrola was fired for insubordination, after he failed to turn in proper time sheets and scheduling, according to KTEN.

Chief Burrola’s replacement, Interim Chief Michelle Vannier, was fired after three days on the job because it turned out she wasn't a certified police officer.

Earlier this year, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was investigating the town of Colbert as a speed trap, and whether police officers used a state database to make suspicious inquiries on city council members, according to The Oklahoman.

A former Colbert officer told KXII that they weren't allowed to patrol after 1 AM because a city councilmember owned a bar in town.

On Tuesday, the Colbert City Council talked to Chief Petersen about the photos, and he apologized and said that he had made a mistake.

He told KTEN that "his intention was to be a friendly police officer" after the two girls had said they hated cops.

"The position I'm in being the chief of police, I should have conducted myself in a professional manner at all times..." Chief Petersen said.

City Council member James Coble agreed, and said that the chief's job was not in jeopardy.

“It's human compassion to give people a second chance,” Coble said.

He also said that he thought Chief Petersen was still the right person to run the police department.

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JReasnor
JReasnor

JReasnor This town is my home town. I'm the mother-in-law of a Fallen Police Officer, Michael D. Pace December 29, 1998, Colbert, Bryan Co, OK Police Officer then Bryan Co Deputy who lived in Colbert OK. I'm 61got my 1st ticket ever in Colbert Jun 2, 2018 by 1 of Peterson's PO's Johnny ? in a speed trap quota area right at City Limits sign, just past where speed limit changes from 35 to 45 mph. I was fighting the ticket cause he didn't turn his lights on to come after me til I was past the 45 mph sign. I went to City Hall to complain abt to Michelle Vannier and Petersen, nothing except a white wall walking into City Hall. I thought it would be a good place to put an xtra Memorial Frame w Mike's picture, badges, 1 a Colbert badge Sheriff and Deputy's had made. I got permission from city council members to put the memorial up and ask if Peterson could put up a wooden flag also the flag is up on the wall been trying to get with Peterson to help me put the memorial up then on August 9th I was told I had to speak with Loretta Gustavson by Johnny I went to City Hall Loretta Gustavson Michelle Vannier told me they had decided that I can put the memorial Frame Up they said and nobody would remember Mike, he wasnt a Colbert police officer when he was a Bryan Co Deputy when he was in the accident, who cares... on August 10th I went to turn in an agenda request so I could go to the city council meeting August 13th, you are not allowed to speak unless your on the agenda. Michelle Vannier started threatening to throw out Mike's memorial if i didnt take it w me, she went and got it, set it in a chair that it almost fell out of, then set it beside me w Cindy in the water department laughing. I told Michelle take take it back cause it was going on that wall but she walked back in water dept side so much for Police Dispatcher. Michelle gave Cindy in water dept to call Johnny and Bobby Morgan to come tell me to leave, I walked out the door holding Mike's Memorial Frame in left hand, car keys, copy of agenda request in right hand, purse on right shoulder. Johnny pulled out handcuffs to put on my right hand, I told him I was going home and to stop he was going to make me drop the picture then he put me in a choke hold w his R arm reach around w his Left hand jerked picture frame out of my hand slung it upside down on cement then put hand cuff on my Left hand causing a large contusion on hand w scratches bruised thumb print on arm. The chokehold has caused me to have trouble swallowing, lots of swelling from under chin down front of neck, bruised feeling in chest, headaches, hoarseness sore, nausea... i ended up having to go to ER, then to Bryan County Jail and booked. I had 3 tickets stuck in my purse and I can't read anything except Court info Sept 19, 2018. I do remember resisting arrest, public scene? And my rights were never read to me. When I got back to my car they had stuck Mike's Memorial and crumpled up copy of Agenda Request in back seat.

I've had to see an ENT Doctor and Pulmonary Specialist. I have to go back cause of the injury's caused from Johnny's chokehold. I have Multiple Sclerosis, messed up Left knee, sciatica, high blood pressure, diabetic and now these injury's. I don't know why Johnny had to hurt me like this.

These guys are harassing the locals and have speed traps 2 ends of the town. I feel like our Town has been taken over by pure Corruption. And I never would have dreamed I would be put in a chokehold by anyone!!!

I cant believe they could careless abt honoring a Fallen Police Officer in his hometown. It's terrible to have these Bully's running our town... Peterson, officers Johnny & Bobby Morgan, Michelle Vannier, Loretta Gustavson and Cindy.

Sgt_Rock
Sgt_Rock

So I don't suppose "chief" (lower case intended) Peterson had bothered to read the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, let alone made a conscious effort to live by it. The idea that he actually has a job is stunning, especially given his issues with integrity. I know there have got to be better options for this town... hiring a reserve as chief, non-certified candidates? WTF. There's got to be a retired OK state trooper or big city cop who could take that job... unless they really don't want a professional, which might be the issue. if tis' true that the cops can't patrol after 01:00 because some mutt councilman owns the local bar, then there is a bigger problem. It may be the worst PD in the country, but only because it's in the worst little city in the country. Corruption is apparently the local industry. Pretty pathetic.