Video: Oklahoma City cops scrutinized for airport arrest

What has spurred some controversy with the public is the way in which the subject is brought to a holding area


By PoliceOne Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — Surveillance video is at the center of an inquiry about the tactics used by officers in the arrest of a man who had claimed he was “with the CIA” even as he attempted to sneak past a security checkpoint at Will Rogers World Airport. 

During the incident, which reportedly took place on February 20th, James Heidebrecht can be heard saying “I give up” even as he refuses to comply with officer’s repeated commands to put his hands behind his back.  The non-complaint Heidebrecht was TASERed “multiple times” but continued to refuse to place his hands behind his back. 

Heidebrecht was eventually brought under control and handcuffed. 

What has spurred some controversy with the public, however, is the way in which Heidebrecht is brought to a holding area. 

He was dragged, face down, by his feet. 

“What we have seen on the video caused us some concern,” said Captain Dexter Nelson with the Oklahoma City Police Department in a report by a local television station. “That’s why we launched the investigation.”

The charges against Heidebrecht — trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest — were dismissed.  One of the officers involved in the incident has been placed on restrictive duty, according to reports. 

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