“Oklahoma Watch” files suit against City of Ponca City for failure to provide details of arrest

January 30, 2024 | Featured|Headlines|Police

OKLAHOMA CITY— Oklahoma Watch and reporter Whitney Bryen are suing the City of Ponca City seeking details about the arrest of 40-year-old Patrick James Hansen who was taken by Ponca City police to the Kay County Detention Center where he died. 

Oklahoma Watch reports that Bryen requested the arrest report from PCPD under the Oklahoma Open Records Act on July 19. She was reportedly told by city attorney John Andrew that the department does not release officer narratives to the public. 

Hansen died at the jail on Sept. 12. Reports indicate he hanged himself. (see story)

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