The incident resulted in more than $1,500 in medical bills, said Martin, 50. She obtained a video of the ordeal and posted it to YouTube to bring attention to the department.
Martin said she's contesting her July 13 arrest when she went to City Hall to complain about how a police investigation into the death of a Wister resident was being handled.
"You can see exactly how I was treated, but it doesn't even touch on what was done to me emotionally," she said. "I think people need to know how things are being handled here."
Wister is a town of about 1,000 residents in Le Flore County.
Martin said she confronted Police Chief Chris Ford in his office that afternoon. He asked her to leave. Martin admits she was emotional and upset at the time.
"But it doesn't excuse what happened," she said. "He's a policeman, and he shouldn't have attacked me like that."
As she was leaving, a security camera in town hall captured video of Martin being pushed, her legs quickly swept from beneath her and Ford holding her arms behind her back as he pushes her into the floor.
Martin said she was able to obtain the video after multiple requests to the city.
"I wasn't trying to get away, and I wasn't under arrest," Martin said.
In a statement requested by Martin's attorney, Ford states Martin was "cursing in an extremely loud voice." He describes pushing Martin to get space between them. At that point, Ford states he advised Martin she was under
He states she continued to walk away from him before he "tripped Martin and she went to the ground." He then describes holding her to the ground.
Complaints of disorderly conduct and disrespecting a police officer were not added because "Martin was complaining of possible injury," Ford states. He then asked his secretary to prepare the paperwork so Martin could be released on her own recognizance to seek medical treatment.
Martin was arrested and taken to the Le Flore County jail on municipal complaints of using profanity in public and resisting arrest, according to Ford's statement.
The video shows two women in the room during the struggle. One uses a phone knocked from Martin's hands to take video and pictures of the ordeal.
Martin said she was screaming for Ford to stop and for the woman to
"He lost his cool when he heard me yelling for her to record it," Martin said.
Calls to the city manager and to Ford were not returned Wednesday.
Jeff Mixon, Martin's attorney, said they will contest the charges at her court date Oct. 7.
"I don't think he had the legal authority to lay a hand on her," Mixon said. "Any force at all was
There is no arrest or incident report on file at the department, said Randy Liles, who identified himself as the acting police chief of Wister.
Liles said Ford took a leave of absence from the department at the beginning of this month so he could attend college
"After that he'll be reinstated," Liles said. He said the timing of Ford's leave of absence and the incident are not related.
Ford was appointed police chief by the city council in December 2009.
He previously worked for the Le Flore County Sheriff's Department and was deployed to the Middle East while serving in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Liles said the Wister