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Report on Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Daniel Martin's excessive force complaint released

By The Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm •  Published: October 9, 2009
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“Trooper Martin delivered one baton strike to Douglas' left thigh in order for him to comply with commands and not resist,” Martin wrote in the report.

Allen then put Douglas on the ground and handcuffed him, according to the report.

Martin said Douglas was sweating and clenching his teeth and that he feared the man may have been intoxicated and preparing to fight.

After his arrest, Douglas said “he would not normally interfere with a traffic stop and realized that he made a mistake and should have listened to commands to step back,” Martin said.

Douglas has told Oklahoma City television station KWTV that he was just trying to go inside a friend's house when troopers pulled up to handle a traffic stop and ended up arresting him.

Capt. Chris West, a patrol spokesman, said dashboard camera video from this incident in Holdenville — about 75 miles southeast of Oklahoma City — will be released once the agency's internal review is complete.


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