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Broken Arrow man accused of assaulting officer near Main Street Tavern bar

Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 14:43:09-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A 46-year-old man was arrested in Broken Arrow on Saturday night after he was accused of assaulting a police officer who was working the "Shamrock the Rose" event downtown.

The officer said on Saturday at about 10:35 pm., he was working bicycle patrol at the event on Main Street in Broken Arrow. The officer said he and other officers had just broken up a bar fight between two men at Stogies bar, but determined that no charges would be filed.

Shortly after, one of the men involved in the fight, John Gale, approached several officers, and asked which officer had threw him to the ground. Officers told the man that no one threw him to the ground, and that he had been directed to sit on a bench during an investigation of the fight.

Officers said Gale wouldn't follow instructions to leave, and reached through the window of an officer's vehicle, while pointing at the officer.

One officer grabbed the man's arm, which started a fight. Officers said Gale continued to struggle and tackled one of the officers.

As the fight continued, an officer struck Gale in the face with his knee. Another officer tased the man, and placed him in handcuffs.

Gale was arrested on counts of assault and battery on a police officer, obstructing justice, resisting arrest and pubic intoxication.

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