Cop reinstated after Excessive Force charge, Beats Motorist with Shotgun

Denton

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, http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/owasso-police-officer-charged-with-felony-misdemeanor-in-nowata-county/article_c19822b0-7606-55cc-ab28-15f8d8450c72.html

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