Misconduct City

by This Land


Tulsa’s court records are unpoliced and up for grabs. The DA’s office doesn’t feel obligated to report police brutality. And Tulsa’s police misconduct complaints are currently five times the national average. It all spells mayhem at the Tulsa Police Department, which is currently embroiled in its largest police corruption scandal in recent history.

In an exclusive investigative report, This Land staff reporter Joshua Kline reveals the deep dysfunction that has bred Tulsa’s current environment of police corruption. Over the weekend, subscribers will receive copies of Kline’s article. The article will also appear in our June print edition which will be available for purchase at 35 Tulsa-area locations on Saturday May 28.

“On a per capita basis,” Kline writes, “Tulsa far surpasses cities notorious for misconduct, such as Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Philadelphia.”

The article and the release of the video represent the first city-focused investigation of This Land Press, Oklahoma’s first New Media company. In March, the Columbia Journalism Review called This Land “the New Yorker with balls” for its daring reports that have garnered international interest. In July, This Land Press will launch its full range of new media coverage that will include video and audio to compliment its bi-weekly print edition.

Kline’s article, “Misconduct City,” is the first to:

  • Reveal Tulsa’s high rate of police misconduct complaints
  • Uncover the deep disarray of Tulsa’s court records
  • Demonstrate that Tulsa’s DA office exacerbates the misconduct problem

In an accompany editorial, “The Seeds of Corruption,” This Land’s editor Michael Mason underscores the article’s importance in understanding the current TPD corruption scandal.

“The Tulsa Police Department is arguably the most embattled police force in the country,” Mason writes. “Rocked by a recent corruption scandal that has so far resulted in the dismissal or reduction of 32 criminal cases, at a taxpayer cost expected to run into the millions, the TPD is ensnared in an epic legal mess.”

Ultimately, “Misconduct City” is a powerful portrait of a police force struggling to adequately deal with its problems.

On Tuesday, May 31, This Land Press will release “Misconduct City: The Assault of Arthur Bradley Reveals a Culture of Chaos at the TPD” on its website.

Please direct media queries to mail@thislandpress.com. Complete copies of the article are available by media request.