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Jurors found an Owasso police officer not guilty of excessive force during an arrest. Officer Mike Denton was found not guilty of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and reckless conduct with a firearm. Dashcam video from June 2015 shows Denton hitting a suspect of a high-speed chase with a shotgun. The altercation came at the end of a chase that stretched from Tulsa to Nowata and ended with the suspect’s arrest. The video shows Denton sticking the shotgun in and punching it on the suspect who had just been Tased. Another officer appears to stop Denton, but when the suspect – who had a knife – was pulled out, video shows Denton hit him with the gun multiple times. Denton was also accused of using excessive force in 2011 and fired from the Owasso Police Department, but the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ordered the City to reinstate him.
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