The city of Owasso has been sued by three men who claim to have suffered
financial losses and humiliation as a result of the suspension of the
Owasso Police Department's defensive tactics program.
Jarod Mitchell, Darryl Jones and Lem Mutii state that as the
department's defensive tactics instructors, they were responsible for
teaching Owasso's police officers, including Lt. Mike Denton, such
The city has released police videos in which Denton can be seen stepping
on the head, stretching the handcuffed arms and appearing to elbow the
face of a Collinsville man who was arrested on a public intoxication
complaint on June 30, 2011.
Denton was fired in November because his actions violated the Police
Department's policy on use of force, according to the city. However, arbitrator Edward Valverde ruled in June that Denton should be
reinstated, saying that although the offic
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