8-year-old boy drowns while swimming in Oklahoma farm pond
COLBERT, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy has drowned while swimming in a farm pond in southern Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the boy from Colbert was swimming Wednesday night with his sister in the pond near Colbert, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.
The OHP says the boy, whose name was not released, went under water shortly after 6:30 p.m. and did not resurface.
An OHP report says the child was not wearing a personal flotation device.
Prosecutors:national investigation nets child traffickers
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 19 people have been charged in northern Oklahoma state and federal courts following a nationwide investigation into child sex trafficking.
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said that nine defendants have been indicted in Tulsa on a variety of federal charges, including possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
Shores said another 10 defendants face similar state charges in Tulsa County following the monthlong investigation of child sex predators.
In addition, Shores said federal, state and local law enforcement agencies recovered four female victims of alleged sex trafficking in northern Oklahoma, including three teens and one victim who is 12 or under. Shores said some of the victims had physical contact with one or more of the defendants.
Defendants charged in the case used social media and the internet to reach out to the victims and engage with them, Shores said.
"I have zero tolerance for child predators and will use every tool available to identify and prosecute them," Shores said. "Child victims will be given a voice."
The FBI, which led the investigation, said 103 underage victims were identified or recovered nationwide, 67 suspected traffickers were arrested and officials opened 60 new federal investigations.
Dubbed "Operation Independence Day," the effort involved the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. More than 400 law enforcement agencies worked with FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in each of the bureau's 56 field offices nationwide.
City: Police killing of naked, unarmed teen was justified
By TIM TALLEY Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in an Oklahoma City suburb were justified when they fatally shot a black teenager who was naked and unarmed, an attorney for the city argues in a response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the teen's parents.
The parents of Isaiah Mark Lewis contend in their federal lawsuit that Sgt. Milo Box and Officer Denton Scherman used excessive force and acted "unnecessarily and unjustly" when they hit their 17-year-old son with a stun gun and then fatally shot him on April 29 after he allegedly broke into a home.
In a response filed Wednesday on behalf of the city, attorney Taylor Clark denies that the city violated Lewis' constitutional rights and says: "Lewis was justifiably shot by a service weapon after being ineffectively tasered."
"Edmond also admits that Isaiah Mark Lewis was naked and unarmed when he was shot and that verbal commands were given to Isaiah Mark Lewis prior to the shooting," Clark wrote.
The officers have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. Taylor declined further comment.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who is reviewing the case, has not yet decided whether the shooting was justified under state law. Prater did not reply to a phone message seeking comment.
The parents' attorney, Andrew M. Stroth, said the city's claims will have no impact on whether the officers are determined to be culpable for Lewis' death.
"The family is not surprised by the city's response," Stroth told The Associated Press. "The city fails to take accountability for the unjustified and unconstitutional shooting of unarmed Isaiah Lewis."
"This answer by the city was in response to the lawsuit and it has zero impact on the potential criminal charges against these officers," Stroth said.
Lewis suffered four gunshot wounds to his face, thighs and groin, an autopsy determined. Toxicology tests showed he had detectable amounts of a common antihistamine called diphenhydramine and THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, in his system.