(Stillwater) — An ex-convict from Creek County has been given a two-year prison term for kicking a Cushing police officer in the shin when he was arrested for public intoxication on Labor Day Weekend.
    Joe Crawford, 49, of Bristow, who pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a peace officer, was sentenced in accordance with a plea bargain approved by District Judge Donald Worthington on Oct. 16, court records show.
    Cushing Police Officer Adam Harp wrote in an affidavit that at 4:40 a.m. Sept. 5, police were sent to an apartment complex on S. Little Avenue regarding an intoxicated man “possibly being violent.”
    When the officer arrived, the woman, who had called police, “said that nothing was wrong and that it was a misunderstanding,” according to the affidavit.
    Police had been to the apartment several times in the past for disturbances involving the woman and Crawford, the affidavit said.
    “Due to the fact that Crawford was in the public breezeway when I first made contact, I advised him that he was being placed under arrest for public intoxication,” Harp wrote in his affidavit.
    “Crawford became upset and once handcuffed made the comment that he was going to jail because he was black. I told him no that he was not going to jail because he was black — because he was under the influence of alcohol.
    “Crawford, while handcuffed, charged at me and kicked me in my left shin area and I was able to push him backwards,” Harp wrote in his affidavit.
    “Once Crawford was placed in the drunk tank, he kicked at the cell door before Officer Hise had an opportunity to shut the door.
    “Officer Hise had his foot on the bottom of the door; therefore, the door did not come back and hit him when Crawford kicked the door. While Crawford was in the drunk tank, he kicked and punched the cell door,” the affidavit said.
    Crawford, who was given a concurrent 30-day jail term for public intoxication in the incident, got out of prison two years ago after being incarcerated about three years, state Department of Corrections records show.
    In Creek County, he was convicted of second-degree burgary in 1982, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2001, and domestic abuse, throwing human waste on a police officer after a former felony conviction and assault and battery on a police officer after a former felony conviction, all in 2004, DOC records show.

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