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Oklahoma House censures member after public intoxication arrest

By Skyler Cooper,


The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 81-9 Monday to censure Representative Dean Davis, a Republican from Broken Arrow.

The official reason for the censure was for “conduct unbecoming a member.”

Davis was arrested last week for public intoxication in Oklahoma City.

Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, issued the following statement:

“As a body, the House of Representatives and its members must hold ourselves to a high standard, and Rep. Davis’ conduct did not live up to that standard. The decision to censure a member of the House is not one that is made easily or carelessly, but is made when it is necessary to maintain the integrity of the House of Representatives and the trust of the great people of the state of Oklahoma in their government. The House of Representatives has nothing but the utmost respect for the members of our law enforcement community, and we expect the members of our body to exemplify that in their dealings with law enforcement.”

Watch as the House took the vote here

The Oklahoma City Police Department released bodycam footage of the arrest. During the video, Davis can be heard telling officers they cannot detain him because of his status as a lawmaker.

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