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At least one Oklahoma City police officer investigated in airport arrest

Man who sought to see Newt Gingrich was Tasered, dragged through Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport, report says.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: March 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm •  Published: March 23, 2012

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James Jay Heidebrecht

Heidebrecht then screamed at officers that he was there to meet Gingrich, who was visiting the city that day, and had documents for him, police said.

Footage released

In airport surveillance footage released Friday, a uniformed police officer shoves a man when he starts shouting at the officer.

The man can be heard yelling, “I'm with the CIA!” He then tells officers, “I'm the director of the CIA,” before he is Tasered for the first time.

The video shows officers repeatedly telling him to get onto his stomach and put his hands behind his back, but an argument and struggle continue for several minutes.

The final 30 seconds of footage shows officers dragging the man face down across the floor and through a secured door, his hands cuffed behind him.

These portions of the incident are also outlined in the police report.

It says: “The AR (arrested) then stepped forward toward Sgt. McMahon, the AR was blowing spit and screaming.

“At that time Sgt. McMahon had to use his right arm to push the subject back off of him. Sgt. Price then advised the subject to put his arms behind his back and that he was under arrest.

“The subject refused and became combative again. At that time, for safety reasons, Sgt. McMahon deployed his Taser, which was effective and the AR went down.”

“We asked AR several times and attempted to show him how to put his knee underneath him to get up. He refused, so AR was slid on the floor to the police office area.”

According to the report, Heidebrecht was checked by paramedics and told authorities that he did not want to go to the hospital.

His car was impounded and he was booked into the Oklahoma County jail.

There is no record of Heidebrecht making contact with Gingrich.

Jail records show Heidebrecht was released on Feb. 21 and the four municipal counts against him were dismissed. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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