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Okla. Officer Elbows Detainee


The city of Owasso, Okla., is seeking to re-fire Lt. Mike Denton, whose earlier termination was overturned by an arbitrator. Lt. Denton was captured on video striking an intoxicated subject three times with his elbow. Read the full story here.

July 16, 2012
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Tags: Excessive Force, On-Body Video, Owasso (Okla.) PD


Comments (9)

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Scott @ 7/16/2012 1:43 PM

Oh that's great Police counter-punking an intoxicated thug - THIS HURTS police image

coolhandluke @ 7/17/2012 4:54 AM

What a punk! He didnt even throw one good elbow. Very professional!!!!

D-Ray @ 7/17/2012 7:14 AM

That was little more than an attention getter. Hardly any force put into that at all. I don't think there was any attempt to cause any harm with those little "love taps".

PoPo @ 7/17/2012 7:58 AM

I understand an officer being frustrated with a drunk, they fight, they smart off, they act like a fool. We also don't know what this guys was acting like prior to this video. He could have fought with the officers or hurt someone else. The back entry camera shows one cop kicking the guy in the ribs as he was dropped on the landing, the other officer steping on his head. Later dragging his face on the ground. Notice the officer trying to dislocate the guys shoulders. The elbow "attention getter" did nothing but set these officers up for a lawsuit. The problem I have is these officers were taking pleasure in what they were doing. Willful and Wanton is a big payout and if this was their son or brother being treated that way would they accept it? If this is all we know of the facts , (which I expect isn't the case), I think they should have been fired. No excuse for this.

Lee @ 7/24/2012 11:24 AM

Really? This is sad.....I don't know the circumstances that lead to this, but this looks horrible. And to everyone who is going to see this, it will look truly bad because they don't care about what happened prior. If anyting at all.....

Brandon @ 7/27/2012 3:08 AM

Get rid of him. Real tough guy elbowing an impaired, cuffed person. He needs to find a new job.

Keith O. Peoples @ 7/27/2012 5:40 AM

It's a shame. Every time it appears that the image of police officers are getting better with the public, something like this happens. Come on ladies and gentleman, this is the profession we picked, don't give it away by conducting yourself in this manner.

Jason Barnes @ 7/30/2012 6:10 PM

Every day good cops do a good job. But all it takes is a video of cops like this behaving like animals, and the image of all law enforcement is tarnished. Especially after the video goes viral and is seen by millions of people.

Llw43lb @ 12/4/2012 10:51 PM

Am I the only one who noticed that the officer was literally bending the guys are over his back about to pop his shoulders out. Picking him up by his handcuffs behind his back was excessive force. He is a human being. But we are a country that believes in human rights for other countries.

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