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A Woman Threatens Suicide in an Oklahoma Jail and Follows Through Within an Hour

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Midwest City, Oklahoma (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, a woman was discovered deceased in her jail cell at Midwest City Jail in Midwest City, Oklahoma. According to police, the 53-year-old woman had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at approximately 2:20 a.m. Sunday. Her blood alcohol content was allegedly twice the legal limit, at .19%. The woman told jail staff that she intended to do harm to herself. For that reason, seemingly in compliance with procedure, her clothes were taken from her and she was placed in a protective jail suit in a cell by herself. She went to a toilet area, however, and was discovered there at about 3:45 a.m., already deceased. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said that every precaution that the jail staff needed to take was adhered to, in an effort to keep the woman safe.

Of course, this jail suicide is under investigation. Custodial death is something jails have a duty to try to avoid. Particularly when inmates advise jail staff members of their intent to hurt themselves, precautions are enhanced. Assessments are also done when inmates are being admitted into jails. An important part of an assessment is to find out whether or not the individual is at risk for suicide or violence.

New laws have been enacted this year in Texas under the Sandra Bland Act. The purpose is to help prevent jail suicides among inmates who may have mental issues of some kind.

There have been many occasions when the family members of people who committed suicide in jail sued the county for some type of neglect leading to the death. That is the type of detail that will be looked into during this investigation in Midwest City.

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McClain County, Oklahoma, to Pay Estate of Diabetic Allegedly Denied Care, Who Died While Incarcerated

Monday, October 9th, 2017

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In 2013, diabetic Kory Dane Wilson died after he was allegedly denied medical care in the McClain County Jail in Purcell, Oklahoma. In 2017, a settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by Wilson’s estate. According to court records, county commissioners agreed to pay $750,000. The settlement was agreed to after a former jail administrator admitted guilt in violating the rights of the inmate. He said that he was advised of Wilson’s medical condition and failed to provide needed medical assistance. The jail administrator was sentenced to 51 months in a federal prison.

Records show that when Wilson was booked into McClain County Jail, he informed the jailers that he had Type 1 diabetes and needed insulin. A federal investigation allegedly found that he never received any medication at the jail, nor did he ever see a doctor. On the fourth day of his incarceration, Wilson was discovered unresponsive in his cell. He died two days later, having never regained consciousness. An autopsy showed that the cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis.

Jails have a responsibility to prevent custodial deaths, if at all possible, by meeting basic needs. Providing medical assistance, daily meals, and stricter supervision for inmates at risk for suicide are basic duties. When jail standards are neglected, inmates can suffer harm. This exposes a county to litigation, when the result is injury or death.

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An Oklahoma City Officer Fires His Weapon at a Woman Allegedly Threatening Suicide

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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Not long after midnight on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police officers were called to an apartment complex regarding a female who was threatening to commit suicide. Two officers went to the scene and found that the woman was sitting inside a vehicle, and she was still making suicide threats. Police say the women exited the vehicle holding a handgun. One officer allegedly fired a gunshot at the woman, but the bullet missed. The other officer fired a beanbag shotgun at her twice, and she was knocked to the ground, hit by both beanbags. The officers then took the handgun away from the woman, and she was taken into custody. Police officers transported her to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was seriously hurt in the incident. The police officer who fired the gunshot at the suicidal woman has been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation is pending.

When police respond to 9-1-1 calls, unfortunately, things sometimes go very wrong. For instance, another police shooting that occurred in Oklahoma City in September involved a deaf man. Police officers were following a lead on a hit-and-run driver related to an accident with no injuries when they encountered a deaf man who was also developmentally impaired. The man had a pipe tied to one hand, which was used to protect him when encountering stray dogs. Police felt threatened by the man and allegedly shot and killed him as neighbors screamed out that the man was deaf. In Houston, Texas, recently, a woman in a nearby home was allegedly shot by police during an attempt to apprehend suspects.

It is perceived by many in the public that police officers are not held accountable for their actions to the extent that they should be. Social outcry about this matter seems to be creating different outcomes when officers blatantly use excessive force. Even if officers don’t face criminal charges when their actions are reckless, more and more counties are paying multi-million-dollar lawsuits to families of victims of alleged needless police shootings.

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Police Shoot and Kill an Alleged Disabled Man in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as Neighbors Scream that He is Deaf

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Oklahoma City Skyline from I-35

Oklahoma City Skyline from I-35 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tragic alleged police shooting occurred on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Police officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department went to the home of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez in response to some information about a possible hit-and-run suspect. The driver of a green truck was allegedly involved in a crash and then left the scene. Sanchez was on his front porch when police arrived. He had a pipe in his hand, and it appeared to be purposed as a “fairly large weapon,” according to police. He wasn’t just holding the pipe, however. It was tied to his wrist so that it wouldn’t easily come off, according to Police Chief Bill Citty. A police officer who showed up at the scene called for backup. Another officer arrived, and both officers allegedly shouted the command to drop the pipe. Sanchez continued to approach the officers as the officers continued yelling and neighbors yelled that Sanchez couldn’t hear. Then one officer fired his Tazer at the suspect. Only one prong hit Sanchez. At that point, the second police officer fired his handgun.  First aid was immediately administered, but Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

This alleged police shooting immediately began to draw criticism. Citty explained that the officers on the scene had not been issued body cameras. The incident was not caught on any type of video until after the shooting occurred.

The officer who used the firearm is on paid administrative while the alleged police shooting is being investigated.

A family member explained that Sanchez was deaf, developmentally impaired, and couldn’t speak. He carried the pipe around to shoo away stray dogs that frequently roam the neighborhood.

Police said that it turned out that the vehicle they were checking on actually was involved in a hit-and-run incident and the driver faces a misdemeanor.

Citty said the police department has contacted the Oklahoma Association for the Deaf and requested advice on improving police training related to dealings with deaf individuals.

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Texas Attorney – A Tulsa Police Officer is Acquitted in the Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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English: Tulsa Skyline Category:Images of Oklahoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Caucasian police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, allegedly shot and killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, on September 16, 2016. The officer was later charged with first-degree manslaughter. On May 17, 2017, a jury found that the officer was not guilty of the charge. The shooting victim’s father said that he thinks the police officer literally got away with murder.

The jury that found the female officer not guilty was comprised of three African-Americans, four men, and eight women. On the evening the jury made their decision, about 100 demonstrators were in the courthouse plaza outside protesting the decision. Some protestors later blocked a major road in downtown Tulsa.

Marq Lewis said that the jury’s decision was a blow to the black community. He is the organizer of We the People Oklahoma, a local civil rights group. He questioned when officer-related shootings are finally going to stop.

Crutcher was 40 years old when he died. The officer who allegedly fired the deadly shots said that she ordered Crutcher to stop walking away from her and he ignored her. She told jurors that she was afraid because he didn’t follow her directive to lie on the ground. In addition, she was concerned that he was under the influence of the powerful hallucinogenic drug PCP, which makes users combative, unpredictable, and erratic. She also said she fired her weapon because it appeared to her that he was reaching for a gun. It turned out, however, that he was unarmed.

Part of the galvanization of the Black Lives Matter movement occurred when Crutcher was killed.

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