OWASSO, OKLAHOMA – KRMG News has obtained the lapel-camera video shot in June last year when Owasso Police Lieutenant Mike Denton gave 3 elbows to the face of a man being arrested for public intoxication.
The City of Owasso fired Lt. Denton in November 2011, citing ‘excessive force’ during the arrest of Bryan Scott Spradlin of Collinsville. Spradlin later pleaded guilty to the public intoxication charge.
KRMG News filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the video from the Owasso Police Department in November 2011. That video was finally released Monday.
In a grievance hearing in March, an arbitrator reduced Denton’s firing to a written reprimand and reinstated the officer to the Owasso Police Department.
On June 30, 2011, Bryan Spradlin was arrested at an apartment complex in Owasso for public intoxication.
Officers went to the apartment on a disturbance call.
The arrest was videotaped from a camera on the officer’s lapel.
The clip shows Spradlin refusing to stand up while in handcuffs.
Lt. Mike Denton then drags him into jail.
You can hear Lt. Denton say, “Are you ready to walk? Can you get up and walk? You want to act like a big boy?”
Next, you can see Lt. Denton throwing three elbows into the suspect’s face.
The officer was fired for using excessive force.
Chief Dan Yancey spoke to KRMG in November.
Yancey said he was concerned about excessive force after viewing the video.
He said, “There’s a definite line, drawn in the sand if you will, as to what officers have the right to do, and if you cross that line intentionally, I think there should be severe consequences.”
In March, an arbitrator rehired Lt. Denton and gave him a written warning.
KRMG News made a Freedom of Information request for the video.