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Muskogee Police issue statement after video shows man pepper sprayed at WalMart

Posted at 4:42 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 17:42:28-05

MUSKOGEE — The Muskogee Police Department issued a statement Friday after a video showed a man being pepper sprayed at WalMart.

Police officials said the man refused to show his ID to WalMart employees while attempting to buy alcohol.

The man became hostile and created a disturbance, including cussing at the employees, police said.

"Officers were called to the scene, and the man also refused to identify himself to officers," police said in a statement. "He was advised that if he did not provide his ID he would be obstructing officers. He was told he was going to be placed under arrest for obstruction, and that he trespassed from Walmart property."

Police said the man was asked to leave Walmart and to get into his wheelchair from the Walmart motorized cart, but he began resisting officers and struck one.

"The man was told that he would be pepper sprayed if he continued to resist arrest, so he was pepper sprayed," officials said. "The man continued to resist officers until he was placed into handcuffs."

After police said the man claimed injuries, an EMS was called and he was transported to a Tulsa hospital.

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