NAACP holds Oklahoma City rally over police arrest video

Monday, July 22nd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The NAACP rallied in the streets of Oklahoma City Sunday, protesting the actions of two police officers during a recent arrest.

The arrest of Donald Pete two weeks ago was captured on tape. It shows one officer and later a second hitting Pete with his fists and baton, and kicking him to subdue him.

While both the NAACP as well as the OCPD agree that the videotape speaks for itself, neither agree upon what it's saying. Protester, Clara Luper, "Racial to the core, I believe that. I believe had that been a white man and a black woman it would have been a different story."

Oklahoma City Police Chief MT Berry, "I'll tell you what is insulting as an African American male, is that I would allow police officers to brutalize someone."

The investigation into the arrest is still on going. Both officers involved in the arrest have been put on paid leave until the case is closed.