Officer terminated over excessive force claim

Lt. Billy Oliver, a 13-year veteran of the Sallisaw Police Department was officially terminated Friday (Nov. 13) following an investigation that he allegedly used excessive force during an arrest on June 7.

Oliver has the right to appeal the decision.

“We were made aware of the allegations and did our due diligence and made the decision to part ways with Mr. Oliver Friday,” Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton said Thursday. He said he could not comment further, except to say Oliver could appeal the decision.

According to a City of Sallisaw Personnel Status Form, Oliver will be paid for any unused accrued vacation. Oliver had been on paid leave since the incident occurred back in June.

Sallisaw Police were called to an apartment complex on June 7 in reference to a man with a gun. Police ended up arresting Charles Day's daughter which prompted a confrontation between Day and Oliver.

Another officer was wearing a body camera that captured the incident in which Day and Oliver exchanged words before Oliver can be seen placing Day in a choke hold. At that time, Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin said officers were not trained to use choke holds during an arrest.

Day was arrested that night on a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but those charges were later dropped. He told officers at the scene he just wanted to know why his daughter was being arrested.

Following an executive session in their October meeting, the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners voted to settle with Day as discussed in the executive session.

Skelton declined to comment further and Oliver could not be reached for comment prior to press time.

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