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Muskogee police respond to viral social media video

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 20:28:30-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Obviously, on-going tensions with the police and the community it serves is the national debate and dialogue right now—even smaller communities like Muskogee are trying to be transparent and responsive to any social media reports or claims made against them.

Last weekend, Muskogee police said they got a call about a woman screaming from a home near the 600 block of South 7th Street.

Once police found the home, they found a man and a woman and tried to figure out what was going on.

Police said they made contact with Mylania Lacheryl Hamilton and brought her and the man out on the porch.

Police determined there weren’t any signs or probable cause to make any arrests for domestic violence, but over the course of their investigation by running their names, they determined Hamilton possibly had warrants for her arrest, because her birth date matched with what the dispatcher relayed back to the officers.

Police said Hamilton refused commands from officers and the officers pleaded with Hamilton to make sure they could get her birth date correct.

Police video shows when Hamilton starts screaming across the street about police brutality and claims to be pregnant, officers felt the need to handcuff Hamilton.

Police video then shows Hamilton bashing her own head into the concrete porch.

Police just hope when people see encounters like this online, they pause before rushing to judgment.

”When we have something like that on social media, give us the opportunity, give the other side an opportunity to tell the story. I think that’s the biggest thing," said Chief Johnny Teehee with the Muskogee Police Department. "Because you can see where if you’re filming from across the street how it looked on the first video you’ve seen and then you have the truth behind it…”

Police hope their body camera video will help clear up the confusion about the incident.

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