Cop reinstated after Excessive Force charge, Beats Motorist with Shotgun


October 3, 2015 

“A suspended Owasso police officer was charged with assault Friday in connection with actions he took against a man following a high-speed pursuit in Nowata County in June.

Nowata County prosecutors charged Owasso Police Lt. Michael Dwain Denton, 49, with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, a felony, and reckless conduct with a firearm, a misdemeanor, stemming from the arrest of Cody Mathews of Glenpool on June 14.

Denton used a shotgun to beat Mathews with “unlawful and felonious intent,” prosecutors claim in the charges. He demonstrated a “conscious disregard” for the safety of other law enforcement officers and created a “situation of unreasonable risk” by striking a uniformed Nowata police officer and Mathews with the end of a shotgun, according to the charges.”

RHETT MORGAN, “Owasso police officer charged with felony, misdemeanor in Nowata County”, October 3, 2015, Tulsa World,


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