The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has dismissed an appeal filed by the city of Bartlesville over a Washington County judge's 2012 order that it release a video allegedly showing two police officers assaulting a patient in the hospital's emergency room.
The court handed down the ruling Wednesday.
It affirms Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp, who ruled last year the videotape "is a record under the Open Records Act" and must be made available to the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise because it contains facts about the arrest.
News On 6 separately requested a copy of the video under the Open Records Act. After Judge DeLapp's ruling, News On 6 received a copy on March 19, 2012.
The newspaper sued the police department over the tape, which it believes shows two officers assaulting a handcuffed man at a hospital in September 2011.
The newspaper said the city denied an Open Records Act request in the case.
After it was release, NewsOn6.com posted a 5-minute segment of the video.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Buchanan did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.