OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man says when he reported a crime to the Oklahoma City police department, he ended up being treated like a criminal, instead of the victim.
Charles Williams says he had just been carjacked and robbed.
“I had a hard time sleeping for about three or four weeks,” said Williams.
It was just a routine trip to the Walmart Market at N.W. 23rd and Pennsylvania, but it quickly turned into an hour and a half nightmare.
“This guy flagged me down and so I looked over at him. When I looked over at him, he had a gun pointed right at the window,” said Williams.
The man got in Williams’ car and ordered him across the street to the 7-11 where a second man got in the car.
They ordered Williams to withdraw $300 from an ATM, then told him to drive back to the Walmart where they left him.
“Terrified, I didn’t know whether I was going to live or die,” said Williams.
Williams says what happened after he called the police was almost just as bad.
“I figured they were here to help me. Turned out, they were here against me,” said Williams.
Williams says an officer and supervisor made it very clear they did not believe his story.
“He says you want to tell me the correct story? Because at this point you’re lying,” said Williams. “He said ‘do you have a woman on the side?’ I said no. ‘Are you buying drugs?’ I said no.”
In fact, Williams is employed at a local church.
He even went through the police department’s citizens academy back in 2006.
“They don’t know the type of person I am and my character. They have no clue. They were assuming,” said Williams.
Williams says they went on to threaten to put him in jail for filing a false police report.
Williams said he does plan to file a formal complaint against the officers that allegedly treated him so poorly.
“Citizens that pay their taxes and do the right thing all the time shouldn’t be treated this way,” said Williams.
A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City police department says it’s not uncommon for people to lie to the police and that sometimes difficult questions have to be asked in the course of an investigation.