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Video of Owasso vice mayor's DUI stop was ordered purged

BY RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World Modified: September 16, 2013 at 6:17 am •  Published: September 16, 2013

OWASSO - The former city manager ordered the purging of police videos showing a DUI stop of the vice mayor because he wanted to save the councilor the "embarrassment" of the images reaching the public, a top municipal official said.

Assistant City Manager Sherry Bishop said she regularly met two to three times a week with former City Manager Rodney Ray, who accepted a resignation agreement June 25, about a month after the City Council ordered an independent investigation into his office.

In April, Ray ordered the deletion of two police videos showing the traffic stop of Vice Mayor Chris Kelley in February, a municipal memo shows. Through a state Open Records Act request, the Tulsa World in mid-June obtained and posted a copy of the videos that had been secured by a police supervisor.

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