Former guards used song “Baby Shark” to torture inmates in Oklahoma jail

Daniel Hedrick, Joseph “Joey” Mitchell and John Basco presented a Lawsuit Against Oklahoma County Jail Employees that, according to the investigators, they were forced to remain handcuffed for hours and listen to the nursery rhyme “Baby shark” and again.

Attorneys for three former inmates filed the civil rights lawsuit in federal court in Oklahoma City on Monday, The Oklahoman newspaper reported.

The three aforementioned people They sued Oklahoma County Sheriffs, Police Chief Tommie Johnson III, the Jail Trust and two former guards, describing their disciplinary tactics as “torture events.”

A criminal investigation conducted last year determined that at least four inmates were held to a wall, with their hands handcuffed behind their back, as the song played over and over at high volume for hours in two separate incidents in November and December 2019.

In the lawsuit, the attorneys rated the continuous replay of “Baby Shark” as a well-known device for tormenting. They noted that in West Palm Beach, Florida, they played the children’s song at full volume outside an event center in 2019 to prevent the homeless from spending the night there.

The fourth former prison inmate, Brandon Newell, did not join the lawsuit as he was convicted of first degree murder one month after the “torture” incident and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

As a result of the investigation, two former prison employees, Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles, both 21, and their supervisor, Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50, were charged with minor crimes of cruelty towards a prisoner and conspiracy. The jury trial in the criminal case is scheduled for February.

With information from AP.


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