Weatherford police are accused of hazing Southwestern Oklahoma University students
A college student's allegation that four Southwestern Oklahoma University students were hazed by local police and given the option of crawling back to an apartment or being arrested for public intoxication has sparked an internal investigation at the Weatherford Police Department.
WEATHERFORD — Four Southwestern Oklahoma University students were hazed by local police early Sunday and given the option of crawling back to an apartment or being arrested for public intoxication, one of the students said Thursday.
“I'm not contesting that I was intoxicated,” said Dylan Frizzell, 22, one of the four male students involved. “I'm just upset at the way we were treated.”
Police Capt. Todd Doyals said police officials are aware of the accusation and an internal investigation is in progress.
“If the allegations are true, Chief Byron Cox of the Weatherford Police Department will take the necessary disciplinary actions in the matter,” Doyals said.
Given the option of crawling or being arrested, Frizzell's companions chose to crawl the 20 yards or so to the apartment stairway. Frizzell said he refused and was arrested.
“It was just the humiliation of it,” he said. “While they were crawling, there were a lot of taunts and dog calls and stuff.”
Frizzell said three police officers were involved in the incident and “one appeared to be the ringleader.”
The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. Sunday as the students were walking back to an apartment after drinking at a house about 100 yards away, he said.
Frizzell said the students weren't disrespectful to the officers.
“We did not in any way make it difficult for them,” he said.
The officers offered to give him a sobriety test, but he told them “there was no need for the test because I'm not in any way sober. I was arrested then,” he said.
Frizzell said he spent 5 1/2 hours in jail Sunday before posting $84 bail and being released about 8 a.m.
Upset by the way the students were treated, Frizzell wrote a letter that appeared Wednesday in a local newspaper.
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