Oklahoma police detective recants sworn statement criticizing officer who shot, killed Black man

Oklahoma City police Sgt. Clifford Holman faces manslaughter charges for killing Bennie Edwards in December 2020. Bryn Carter no longer says Holman was wrong to fire.

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- Drop the knife.

KATELYN OGLE: December 2020, a disturbance call with a deadly ending.

- Hey, shoot him.

[GUNSHOTS]

KATELYN OGLE: Sergeant Clifford Holman now facing manslaughter charges, in part, due to this statement of detective Bryn Carter, who called Edward's shooting unnecessary. The Oklahoman reporting Detective Carter now walking that back, reportedly feeling pressure to say that Sergeant Holman fired three shots unnecessarily.

In a statement to News 4, Chief Wade Gourley saying an internal investigation clears Carter of the discrepancy saying, quote, "Inspector Carter's work assignment has not changed, and he remains a highly respected member of the OKCPD's Homicide Unit.

JASON LOWE: Who did they interview? And why wasn't a member of the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office interviewed as well?

KATELYN OGLE: Criminal defense attorney Representative Jason Lowe saying this is rare. The detective could face perjury charges.

JASON LOWE: You lied under oath. Yes, so you're subjected to criminal prosecution in the state of Oklahoma. So this officer potentially could be subjected to criminal prosecution by the attorney general's office.

KATELYN OGLE: Game plans at trial thrown a curve ball. The prosecutor's star witness could switch teams.

JASON LOWE: Because now you have officers that are backing up the other officer's statements as far as how this shooting took place.

KATELYN OGLE: And the rift between police and the DA even wider.

JASON LOWE: Usually the DA's office and the police department, they partner in prosecuting cases. So when you have officers deviating from the position of the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office and prosecuting a case, that's a major issue.

KATELYN OGLE: To gain the public's trust, Lowe says the department needs more transparency.

JASON LOWE: People believe that there's a blue wall of silence, for lack of a better word.

KATELYN OGLE: Now, we did reach out to the DA's office, the FOP, and police, but they did not want to comment on camera.