Newspaper and Bartlesville agree on video release

Mar 17, 2012

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise says it's reached an agreement with the city for the release of a video that allegedly shows police officers assaulting a hospital patient.

The newspaper reported Friday that its attorney made several requests for the video after a judge on Monday ordered its release under the state's open records law. The newspaper said it would decide how to make the video available to the public after it reviews the contents.

The newspaper sued the police department last month for access to the surveillance video, which was taken at Jane Phillips Medical Center. The video was taken as two officers, Stacy Neafus and Sonya Worthington, were arresting a patient who was reportedly being combative.

A judge ruled the videotape is subject to the state's Open Records Act.