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November 09, 2011
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Video: Deputy, retired deputy struggle on dash cam

An Ore. deputy was fired for a controversial traffic stop in March

By PoliceOne Staff

MEDFORD, Ore. — Dash cam released Tuesday shows a deputy wrestling with a retired deputy during a traffic stop.

Deputy Jacob Franklin, 38, said he was fired in March after he arrested Ron Oachs, a retired sheriff’s deputy. According to the Mail Tribune, in October a federal jury said the Sheriff's Department was in the wrong for continuing its internal affairs investigation and completing its report after firing Franklin, but the firing itself was not disputed. 

In the video, Franklin pulls over a Dodge 4x4. When Oachs exits the truck, Franklin shouts for him to return to his vehicle. Oachs reaches for something in his pocket, and the two fight.

"He started pushing me up against the truck, and I resisted a little bit," Oachs says to Deputy Linda Crook, who saw the fight and came to assist. She appears to act surprised that Oachs is under arrest.

Franklin became concerned when Oachs refused to comply with his commands, he said. In his lawsuit he said Oachs was stopped for "endangering an emergency vehicle," and he insisted that he followed both Oregon law and departmental policy.

"Who acts like that at a traffic stop? Nothing good can come from (behavior) like that," Franklin said.

Oachs questions Franklin's behavior.

"In 29 years I never treated anybody like that," Oachs said. "It's like I got out of that truck with a f——ing gun."

Franklin showed a pattern of violating state law in his traffic stops and overaggressive behavior during his arrests, Sheriff Mike Winters said, and he believed Franklin was fired for good reason.

"As the Sheriff of Jackson County I stand behind my decision to terminate Jacob Franklin's employment as a deputy," Winters wrote in a letter released Tuesday. "I could hardly believe what I saw in the video."

Franklin's lawsuit originally named five sheriff’s employees and defendants and contained nine separate legal claims, Winters said. Only one of the claims made it to court.

Franklin was awarded more than $200,000 in economic damages.






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