A long-time Pawhuska resident says firefighter Lloyd Arnce hit her and attempted to steal her smartphone, this past Friday.
Tjuana Kelley Boulanger was in Veteran's Park with her family & friends, including children. She was lending her assistance to a citizens effort to recall members of the local city council and collection petitions.
She says that while they were eating lunch in the park, several municipal agency personnel swarmed the park and the Animal control officer blocked the rear parking lot entrance. Two police dept. officers then came in, along with a member of the local fire dept.
When Boulanger refused to cease her petition gathering, she asserted that state law bars the city from even creating such ordinances to ban constitutional free speech and assembly; and the right of petitioning the govt. for redress of grievance further guarantees her rights.
The lead female officer politely backed down from demands and Boulanger went back to her lunch table.
The two officers talked with the other responders and then left the park while Ms. Boulanger wished them a blessed day.
But then the remaining firefighter got irritated that Boulanger's live social media video feed caught his image.
That's when he started yelling as he crossed the parking lot. The video clearly shows him grabbing at her and attempting to take her phone. He eventually gives up and walks away.
The trauma of all this happening to Boulanger and in front of a young girl was clearly impacting. She tells the viewers;
"The war is on! If I die today, I die making change."
We contacted Boulanger over the weekend and asked what she plans to do about this. She told us that she is needing good civil rights council and she plans to file a police report.
Boulanger wants a judge to order the city agencies not to interfere with petition gathering or harass the citizens involved in it. She wants the accosting firefighter charged with battery and attempted theft. He must immediately be suspended from the fire dept. while awaiting trial.
Below you'll see the video of her live feed when the Pawhuska agencies tried to shut down her petition gathering.
This event is just the latest in a long series of scandals happening in Pawhuska, OK.
Just a week earlier, the former Police Chief(Rex Wikel) conspired with the retiring city manager(Larry Eulert) to fire the new chief(Nick Silva).
Wikel was set to take over as city manager on Monday, but the resulting scandal overtook him and he resigned early in the week.
The City Council held an emergency meeting and hired an acting city manager who immediately rehired Silva, as police chief.
Some are calling for a state audit of city finances, citing vast irregularities.
On August 1st, the city of Pawhuska will have it's 4th city manager in a span of 5 weeks.
The current city manager was an administrative assistant for the past 2 years, until she was appointed on Wednesday, as acting interim City Manager.
This is the same city whose police dept. (under Wikel) made claim to the Largest Marijuana Bust In Oklahoma History, when they impounded an industrial Hemp Truck which was haulling federally-legal hemp from Kentucky, destined for Colorado, where it has to be made into medicine for children suffering chronic seizures.
The District Attorney jailed the 4-man trucking team and escort vehicle. Two members were released without criminal charges after spending 5 weeks in jail.
The other two men are facing Life sentences because DA Mike Fisher still believes that Industrial (trace) Hemp is actually federally banned Marijuana.