Charges filed against two in videotaped arrest

Monday, July 15th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Charges were filed Monday against a man who was hit several times by Oklahoma City police as he was being arrested during an incident caught on videotape.

Donald Pete is charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence and engaging in a lewd act. Police also arrested Pete on a complaint of assault and battery on a police officer, but that charge has not been filed.

A woman arrested with Pete and identified as Leeann Clark is facing a prostitution charge.

The incident involving Pete, who is black, and white officers E-D Dyer and Greg Driskill led to a call by the local NAACP for a review of police policies.

Police Chief M-T Berry has asked the FBI to investigate for possible civil rights violations.

FBI spokesman Gary Johnson says a preliminary investigation is under way and the results will be turned over to the U-S Justice Department.