What is a dissapointment for anyone that believes that just because police officers have a dangerous job, a badge, and a gun they are not above the law. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has cleared the way for an Owasso police officer Lt. Mike Dento who was fired in 2011 for excessive force that was caught on video to return to work.
A suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, previously Owasso released a video in which Denton can be seen stepping on the head, stretching the handcuffed arms and elbowing the face of a Collinsville man who was arrested on a public intoxication complaint on June 30, 2011.
The city of Owasso was notified Monday that the high court has withdrawn its June decision to review the case of former police Lt. Mike Denton, who was fired in 2011 because he violated the department’s use-of-force policy. In April, Denton was ordered reinstated by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.
The city’s request for review is “hereby withdrawn as having been improvidently granted,” an order filed Thursday and signed by Chief Justice Tom Colbert says.
“We’re happy with the result,” Pat Hunt, Denton’s attorney, said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Owasso City Attorney Julie Trout Lombardi said the case will be remanded to Tulsa County Associate District Judge Dana Kuehn. In January 2013, she found that an arbitrator-ordered reinstatement of Denton would pose “a special risk of injury, physical and psychological, to citizens and, if he is allowed reinstatement, the department will be faced with explaining why Owasso allows abusive conduct by its officers, which is against the law.”
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