Guards sentenced for torturing inmates with ‘baby shark’

Inmates at an Oklahoma prison say in 2019 they were ushered into empty rooms by prison officers and forced to listen to “Baby Shark” for hours. Now two of the officers have been punished. Via the Washington Post:

Last week, Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles each did not contest three counts of cruelty to a prisoner. An Oklahoma County District Court judge barred Butler, 24, and Miles, 23, from law enforcement while on probation for two years.

The two officers were also named defendants in a 2021 trial, which is ongoing. An attorney representing four former Oklahoma County Detention Center inmates who claim they were tortured by officers said he was satisfied with Butler and Miles’ sentences in the criminal prosecution.

“The fact that they are no longer allowed to work in law enforcement in the future is significant,” Daniel Smolen told The Washington Post. “And that’s impactful because it means they won’t be able to torture people in the future in a prison.”

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