Ada police release body camera footage of altercation, arrest of man who died in custody

ADA, Okla. (KXII) - Body cam footage released by Ada Police Department shows what happened in the moments before a man died after an arrest.

Footage from Oct. 4 shows an Ada officer running after 36-year-old Anthony Meely.

Ada police said the officer was responding to a disturbance involving Meely and a woman at the Emerald Point Apartments around 4:30 p.m.

The officer tried several times to arrest Meely but he got away.

"Black male, all black. Get on the ground," the officer said in the video.

"He's gonna shoot me," Meely said.

"Get on the ground," the officer said.

Meely said in the video he is afraid of getting shot by the officer, who did draw his gun believing Meely might try to get in one of the cars passing by but then put the gun away.

The officer was suspicious that Meely may have been on some sort of drug during the encounter.

"What are you on? Huh? What are you on?" the officer said.

The roughly four minute video was cut short when the body camera fell off the officers uniform during a struggle.

Police said two bystanders helped hold Meely down while the officer cuffed him.

That's when Meely went limp.

"No visible injuries. He's just decided to stop talking, shut his eyes and go limp. He's still breathing," another Ada officer said in the second video released.

Meely appeared to make a groaning noise when an officer asked him what his name was.

EMTs arrive a short time later.

Meely was pronounced dead when he arrived to the hospital.

Meely's family said they have hired an attorney in Oklahoma City to represent them.

The attorney said he plans to send the body camera footage, medical records and other pictures and video taken by bystanders to the Pontotoc County District Attorney, the Oklahoma Attorney General and the FBI in hopes of getting a third party to investigate.