Ex-OK Jail Employees Compelled Inmates to Hear ‘Child Shark’

Three former Oklahoma jail workers face dealing with legal costs after they compelled inmates to hear repeatedly to “Child Shark,” the favored music beloved by youngsters and despised by mother and father. Christian Miles and Gregory Butler, each 21 and former Oklahoma County Jail detention officers, in addition to their former supervisor, Christopher Hendershott, 50, have been charged with cruelty to prisoners, corporal punishment to an inmate and conspiracy, the New York Times reports. On a minimum of 5 events in November and December involving 5 inmates, Miles and Butler allegedly positioned the inmate into an empty legal professional visitation room. The 2 then handcuffed the inmate towards the wall, forcing him to face for so long as two hours. “Child Shark” was performed on repeat, by means of a pc, whereas the inmate was compelled to hearken to it. The music was “mentioned to be a joke between Miles and Butler,” Milessaid.

Oklahoma County District Legal professional David Prater mentioned the three had acted “conjointly, willfully and wrongfully” in a “merciless or inhuman method” after they subjected inmates to the punishment. Taking part in the music on repeat put “undue emotional stress on the inmates who have been most probably already struggling” from being handcuffed to the wall, Prater mentioned. Hendershott “didn’t correctly supervise and self-discipline” Butler and Miles, the district legal professional mentioned. The 2 have been “the topic of quite a few inmate complaints that detailed their historical past of mistreatment,” Prater mentioned. Although the three costs are misdemeanors,  Prater instructed The Oklahoman  he “would have most popular submitting a felony on this habits.”