Tulsa Jurors Award $10.2 Million in Jail Death Case

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After seeing a video of Elliott Williams languishing on the ground paralyzed in Tulsa’s jail more than 10 times and hearing almost a month of testimony, jurors decided yesterday that the Sheriff’s Office was deliberately indifferent to his civil rights. Jurors awarded the Williams’ family $10.2 million after about 10 hours of deliberating over two days, The Frontier reports. The verdict is the second time in a row in a year that a jury has found the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office liable for violating the civil rights of a prisoner.  The jurors issued a $10 million verdict against Tulsa County and a $250,000 punishment against former  Sheriff Stanley Glanz in his individual capacity.

Dan Smolen, representing Williams’ estate, there have been several preventable deaths in Tulsa County’s jail, but none was videotaped. Williams’ estate had asked for $51 million — $1 million for every hour the military veteran suffered without food and water in the jail. Williams, 37, died from complications of a broken neck and showed signs of dehydration. He was arrested after suffering a mental breakdown because he believed his wife planned to leave him.

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