Body cam footage shows arrest of State Rep. Dean Davis from Broken Arrow
The Oklahoma City Police Department released body camera video of a state lawmaker's arrest on Thursday.
State Rep. Dean Davis, R-Broken Arrow, was arrested for public intoxication after police said he and two other men refused to leave the patio of Skinny Slims, a bar in Bricktown. He was previously arrested for DUI in 2019.
Police said staff at the bar asked Davis to leave after the bar closed at 2 a.m. Even after police officers showed up and told him to leave, police said Davis refused.
"We gave you and your friends ample opportunity to leave. You were remaining at a business that was supposed to be closed, and you're already obviously intoxicated," said police in the body camera footage.
The video started close to the moment of arrest. It was unclear what was said or happened immediately before the arrest.
He even asked police to read the back of his Capitol ID card.
"You can't detain me," said Davis in the video.
"I can, and I am right now," said the officer.
Davis apologized to representatives at the state Capitol on Friday for the incident.
"I dispute any wrongdoing, but I want to take this opportunity to apologize to this body for creating this unnecessary distraction from the important work of the House," said Davis.
Gov. Kevin Stitt was asked about the situation, as well.
"People sometimes make poor choices, and they need to be held accountable," Stitt said.
Some Democrats in the House asked questions, specifically if Davis will receive the same censure that state Rep. Mauree Turned received earlier this month after allegedly impeding a law enforcement investigation.
A defense attorney told KOCO that a lawmaker can only not be arrested while they are physically in session at the Capitol or driving to or from the Capitol.