Former Owasso police officer, Mike Denton, found not guilty in excessive force case

OWASSO, Okla. -- Wednesday, a former Owasso Police officer was found not guilty after being accused of excessive force.

Michael Denton was acquitted Wednesday. Dashcam video shows Denton hitting a suspect with a shotgun during an arrest.

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Denton was found not guilty of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and reckless conduct with a firearm.

Following the verdict, the Owasso Police Department posted the following message in its Facebook page:

"Today, March 8th, 2017, former Owasso Police Officer Mike Denton was acquitted by a jury in Nowata County on the charges of Reckless Conduct with a Firearm and Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon. As Chief of Police of the Owasso Police Department, I affirm my respect for the rule of law and judicial process. The burden of proof in a criminal trial is the highest of any judicial process, as it should be. The outcome of the trial in no way diminishes my belief that the decisions made by Mr. Denton are inconsistent with Owasso Police Department policies and the department’s core values."

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