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Video: Fired, Rehired Okla. Cop May Be Fired Again

July 16, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Okla. Officer Elbows Detainee

The city of Owasso, Okla., is seeking to re-fire Lt. Mike Denton, whose earlier termination for excessive force was overturned by an arbitrator.

Owasso City Manager Rodney Ray told KRMG he will seek to overturn the arbitrator's ruling that Lt. Denton's use of force was "unreasonable and unnecessary," but that firing him was "excessive" and not called for in the circumstances.

A fellow officer's on-body camera captured Lt. Denton striking Bryan Scott Spradlin, who was intoxicated, three times with his elbow during an arrest on June 30, 2011. The city terminated the 18-year veteran in November.


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