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.
by Randy Ellis Modified: August 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm •  Published: August 30, 2012
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Frizzell said he has heard similar complaints about treatment of students by Weatherford police, before and after the incident.

“After my story came out, all kinds of stories flooded the Internet,” he said.

Frizzell said he has encouraged people who have contacted him with stories of mistreatment to file complaints with the Weatherford Police Department, but Doyals said the department has “not received one phone call” in response to the letter.

“I think people are afraid,” Frizzell responded. “People say the cops have been this way for a long time and people are afraid to go down there and say anything against them for fear of what might happen. I really feel that's the reason more people haven't complained already.

“If it becomes my word against theirs, I still know that I'm right,” he said.

Doyals said the police department's investigation was prompted by the newspaper letter and the department has not received a formal complaint about Sunday's incident.

Officers involved in the arrest remain on duty pending the outcome of the investigation, he said.

Doyals said he has spoken with Frizzell but as of Thursday afternoon had not had a chance to interview all the students involved.

“The investigation should be completed, hopefully, by midweek next week,” he said.

Frizzell said he is not asking for the officers to be fired.

“I'm not after anyone's job,” he said. “I just want, in the future, for stuff like this not to happen.”

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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