Bystanders ignore Oklahoma City police officer's pleas for help during confrontation

An Oklahoma City police officer trying to restrain a combative man yelled out for help to customers at a nearby restaurant. The customers ignored him and the suspect got away, but was arrested on drug and traffic complaints a short time later.
by Juliana Keeping Published: October 31, 2013
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Customers in a fast-food restaurant ignored an Oklahoma City police officer's pleas to call 911 as the officer struggled to restrain a combative man.

The officer pulled over a sport utility vehicle without its lights on about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 2900 block of SW 29. The driver began acting nervous and was asked to step out of the vehicle.

The man pushed the officer with his elbow in an attempt to flee, according to a police incident report.

At that point, the officer, Sgt. Donald Brewer, held the man in a “bear hug.” He eventually took him to the ground because the man ignored the officer's orders to calm down, the report states.

Brewer was unable to hold the suspect and hit an emergency button and call for backup.

He then yelled out for help to customers in a nearby fast food restaurant, who ignored him, Brewer wrote in a police report. The man fled as Brewer reached for his radio to call for backup. The man was caught by other officers nearby.

Police reported two large baggies of marijuana were found in the vehicle the man was driving.

Roderick Dewayne Berry, 27, was arrested on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, driving under suspension, driving without lights, failure to show insurance, and possession of marijuana.

He remained in the Oklahoma County jail Thursday with his bail set at $14,000, a jail official said.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. 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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