U​.​S. Department of Justice Investigation into Oklahoma County Jail

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Just this past Saturday, March 27, 2021, a black inmate who had been confined in the Oklahoma County Jail since April of 2019, took a guard hostage but he clearly made it known that he didn't intend to harm the jailer but only wanted to bring awareness from the outside into the way the inmates were being deprived of the basic necessities while inside the jail. He said such things as water, showers, adequate food, and outdoor recreation were being withheld from the inmates, he complained of not having access to cleaning supplies, not having access to haircuts, and bedbugs. Let me add that there are more than 1650 inmates inside a jail that was built to hold 1200 people and the jail is well over that capacity. These inhumane conditions were confirmed by jail authorities and other inmates. As a consequence, the black inmate was fired upon by two Oklahoma City police officers and stuck once in the head and he died instantly. We have video footage captured from a cellphone not only exposing the conditions of the jail but Mr. Curtis Buff Williams is heard stating in his own words that he could no longer take the dehumanizing conditions inside the jail. He is just one of many inmates who are forced to live in these frightening and inhumane conditions. We're asking for this agency to conduct an independent investigation into the conditions of the jail and that a scathing indictment is issued against the Oklahoma County Jail Trust Authority directing that the inadequacies found inside the jail be ordered to be cleaned up immediately or that they be sanctioned monetarily until they do so. Human lives are depending on your agency becoming involved in order to correct these civil rights and human rights violations.

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