At the very least two former Oklahoma jail workers and their supervisor have been charged Monday after investigators stated they found handcuffed inmates have been compelled to hearken to the kids’s tune “Child Shark” for hours, based on stories.
District Lawyer David Prater charged Oklahoma County jail workers Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles, each 21, and their supervisor, Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50, with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a prisoner and conspiracy.
“It was unlucky that I couldn’t discover a felony statute to suit this reality state of affairs,” Prater stated, based on The Oklahoman. “I’d have most well-liked submitting a felony on this habits.”
At the very least 4 inmates have been subjected to the “inhumane” self-discipline in an lawyer visitation room final November and December, authorities stated. The inmates have been allegedly secured to a wall whereas handcuffed because the tune performed on a loop for hours at a excessive degree of quantity.
Butler and Miles are accused of imposing the self-discipline, the paper reported. Hendershott is accused of not intervening and permitting the habits.
The pair resigned throughout an inside investigation. Hendershott retired, Sheriff P.D. Taylor stated Monday.
“We don’t tolerate it,” Taylor added. “We at all times did a superb job policing ourselves.”
A video for the kids’s tune “Child Shark,” was posted on-line by the corporate Pinkfong in 2016. It gained enormous reputation two years in the past and has since been seen greater than 6.7 billion occasions.
The Related Press contributed to this report