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Oklahoma City police officer charged with assault

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A 15-year-veteran Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities say he chased down and attempted to arrest a driver who shouted at him as he drove by the officer.
 
Oklahoma City Police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson announced Monday that charges had been filed against Sgt. Matthew Downing in connection with a Jan. 26 traffic stop.
 
Nelson says Downing had initiated the stop on the city's northwest side when a passing motorist shouted at him. Downing then disengaged from the traffic stop to chase down the man who yelled at him.
 
Nelson says Downing then attempted to arrest the man, which resulted in a ``minor use of force.''
 
A telephone message left Monday with the Fraternal Order of Police and its attorney were not immediately returned.

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