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State Supreme Court will hear case of terminated Owasso police officer

By RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World Modified: July 17, 2014 at 8:20 am •  Published: July 17, 2014

OWASSO — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a terminated Owasso police officer who was ordered reinstated by the state appellate court.

Former police Lt. Mike Denton was fired in 2011 because he violated the department’s use-of-force policy. The state Supreme Court recently granted a request by the city to examine the appellate court’s ruling.

In a decision filed in April, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals reversed a January 2013 decision by Tulsa County Associate District Judge Dana Kuehn, who 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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