2/20/13 UPDATE: Red Dirt Report has just posted an update on this incident and fills in some blanks, including comments by OG&E spokesperson Karen Kurtz, who confirmed the incident, while claiming bringing the 3 officers was not a “show of force”. So, showing up with men with guns and handcuffing homeowners in their front yard is not a show of force? Huh?
OK-SAFE, Inc. – 2/20/13 – In a developing story it looks like 3 local police officers were used as a show of force when they accompanied an OG&E technician in the installation of a smart meter on the home of a Guthrie man, against the man’s wishes.
The Guthrie man, who is keeping his name quiet at the moment, has been fighting the installation of the spy-meter for a while now, and was surprised by today’s show of force by OG&E.
The man, who is still shaken up over the incident, wrote in an email to AxXiom for Liberty:
“They wouldn’t let me even put my hands in my pockets once they unhandcuffed me and frisked me, and OG&E didn’t leave any paperwork. They wouldn’t let me inside to get my phone or my camera.”
According to local Guthrie officials, OG&E is responsible for the smart meter installation in Guthrie; it is not known at this time if OG&E contracted out the installation to a third party.
We will post more details as they become available.