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Wister police chief comments on woman's allegations of excessive force

Wister police Chief Chris Ford said he didn't intend to hurt Brenda Martin when he arrested her in July. He thinks his actions will be vindicated once audio of the incident is available and evidence comes out in court.
BY VALLERY BROWN Modified: September 21, 2010 at 4:56 am •  Published: September 21, 2010

— Police Chief Chris Ford said he regrets hurting a woman during a July arrest at town hall, but he will be vindicated once audio of the tape recording is available and evidence comes out in court.

The incident — caught on a security camera — has caused a stir on YouTube, receiving more than 3,000 views in about a week.

The video is titled "Oklahoma Police Brutality."

"To know I'm linked up there with some of those terrible police brutality videos doesn't sit well with me at all," Ford said. "My intent wasn't to do harm but to gain control of her while placing her under arrest."

Brenda Martin, 51, has a different account of the ordeal. She says Ford used excessive force when taking her to the ground and had no authority to place her under arrest.

Martin said she went to the chief's office July 13 to complain about an investigation into the death of an area resident.

She admits she was emotional, but says she didn't deserve to be pushed from behind, have her legs swept from under her and her face shoved into the ground. She points out she was leaving when the incident took place.

"You can see exactly how I was treated," said Martin, who claims her knee was dislocated and her ribs and face severely bruised.

Ford said Martin was irate when she entered his office. He repeatedly told her to calm down before asking her to leave.

"I told her I would escort her out and I asked her to stop cursing because there was a library nearby and she was being vulgar," Ford said.

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