Camera Captures Former OK Co. Jail Guards In Scuffle With Inmate

Friday, January 30th 2015, 6:29 pm
By: News 9

An alleged victim of excessive force said he wants the public to see what happened to him.

In December, two guards at the Oklahoma County Jail were fired and charged with assault and battery of an inmate.

The alleged victim has been arrested on public intoxication and driving with a suspended license.

But when he was taken there just more than a year ago, he said he's never been treated like this.

Taken from security cameras inside the Oklahoma County Jail, Cortez Meadows walked with two guards on December 1, 2013.

Meadows was arrested for a false call to 911 and placed against the wall while he said one guard taunted him.

Moments later, the guard flipped Meadows around and put him in handcuffs.

A second camera captured Meadows being taken into the cell. Then, it appeared one guard kicked Meadows' left side twice, dropping him to the ground.

His head was forced onto the cell floor which was soaked in urine.

Then, when the guards lifted his legs, one punched Meadows' on his right side.

Another guard entered and helped move Meadows to another cell, so a cleaning crew can mop the floor.

The two guards were fired following the incident and charged with assault and battery.

But the charges were later dismissed by a judge.

In response to the judge's decision, District Attorney David Prater told News 9, "I am disappointed that the judge did not allow the case to go to the jury."

Meadows sustained injuries to his head, shoulders, wrist and back. Meadows said he plans to file a civil lawsuit against the two guards.

Meadows' brother Roger Brooks said he just hopes something good will come out of this.

"What has happened has happened but as long as anything can make something better out of this then I feel that would be a good situation," said Roger Brooks, brother of the alleged victim.

News 9 also reached out to the sheriff's office, but did not receive an official comment.

Meadows also said he is still unable to return to work due to his injuries sustained at the county jail.