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Pryor police release body cam footage of arrest

Posted at 10:01 PM, Aug 30, 2022

PRYOR, Okla. — Pryor police released body cam footage of an arrest of a suspected drunk driver that happened Monday night.

The body camera footage from Pryor police shows an officer arresting Charles Burrow for DUI.

Since then someone nearby posted their own video of the arrest. People on social media have been criticizing the officer for what they say is excessive force. Some believe the officer went too far by threatening to shoot the driver in the face and then slamming him to the ground.

Officers say they got three calls about this driver running stop signs and apparently falling asleep at a red light.

Pryor police say they're aware of the original video and released the body camera footage to be transparent.

In the body cam footage, the officer can be heard asking the driver to show his hands. The driver cooperates by raising both arms and appears to stop the car.

The officer then tries to open the car door when the driver closes it. The driver then opens the car, but his right arm is no longer in the camera view. That's when the officer pulled his gun, pointed it at the driver, demanded to see both hands, and then asked the driver, "do you want to get shot in the face?"

The driver got out of the car and the officer can be seen pushing him onto the car and then to the ground.

Police say there's no evidence that the office struck the driver with his hand or fist but they are still investigating.

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