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Sat October 10, 2009

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Oklahoma City, OK – Report released on excessive force complaint


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who is on leave for the second time this year over excessive force complaints said in his report on the latest incident that he hit a man with his baton only after the man appeared to physically resist arrest.

Acting on an open records request from The Associated Press, the patrol on Friday released Trooper Daniel Martin's narrative of Kristopher Douglas' Oct. 3 arrest in Holdenville on an accusation of obstructing police.

Douglas has complained about the baton blow and the actions of another trooper he said put a knee on his back. Martin and trooper Tommy Allen remain on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

According to Martin's report, Douglas refused police commands and was acting in a way that put himself and others in danger.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.