Elderly Oklahoma man claims he was assaulted by police officer

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An elderly Oklahoma man is claiming he was sent to the emergency room because he tried to tell a police officer he was on the wrong side of the road.

The alleged abuse happened earlier this month in the town of Sperry.

Long-time resident, 78-year-old Charles Griffith says he and his wife were leaving church when they noticed a Sperry police officer driving on the wrong side of the road.

Griffith says when he shouted a warning, the officer quickly flipped on his lights and did u-turn, pulling the couple over.

He says the officer went ballistic, pepper-spraying him and twisting his arm.

Griffith says his injuries sent him to the emergency room.

While Griffith admits in his younger days he might have put up a fight, that’s not what happened this time.

Sperry police say they are not commenting on the altercation.

We’re told the incident is under investigation.

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