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Robin Howard's Family Calls For OSBI Investigation Of OCPD Officer

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Howard's family is calling for an OSBI investigation into one of the officers involved. Howard's family is calling for an OSBI investigation into one of the officers involved.
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Robin Howard died following an altercation with Oklahoma City police in the summer of 2012. Now, Howard's family is calling for an OSBI investigation into one of the officers involved.

8/12/2012 Related Story: Family Looking For Answers After Man Dies Following Police Altercation

In June 2012, Howard led police on a chase. Officers said he resisted arrest, so they used force to get him under control. Howard was taken to a hospital where he later died. In August 2012, the medical examiner ruled Howard's death a homicide. The cause of death was acute pneumonia due to blunt force trauma.

Over the weekend, four officers, including one involved in the Robin Howard incident, shot and killed a northwest Oklahoma City man who they say pointed a gun at them.

3/24/2014 Related Story: OKC Police Identify Man Shot, Killed By Officers

In Robin Howard's case, all of the officers involved have been cleared of any wrongdoing, and the District Attorney declined to file charges.

8/14/2012 Related Story: OKC Police Chief Apologizes To Family Of Man Who Died In Custody

"We just feel like his life was just snatched away," said Kimberly Turner, Howard's sister. "He didn't do anything that warranted death. So, it is important to us and that's why we'll keep fighting."

8/19/2012 Related Story: Robin Howard Family Protests, Demands Chief's Resignation

The Howard family and their lawyer sent a letter Tuesday to Police Chief Bill Citty.

The following is a passage from that letter:

There are three (3) separate incidents in which someone has either been injured or killed while Sgt. Coffee was placing them into police custody. The family would request that an outside investigation be conducted, or in addition to an investigation that Internal Affairs might conduct. Regretfully, the Howard family believes that Internal Affairs investigations are merely rubber stamps. Therefore, they would request that you seek an investigation from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

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