OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County inmate discovered useless in his jail cell over the weekend was a plaintiff in a lawsuit towards the county alleging that in 2019, he and different inmates have been tortured by jail staff who compelled them to repeatedly hearken to the youngsters’s track “Child Shark” for hours.

John Basco, 48, was discovered unresponsive in his cell early Sunday morning, Oklahoma County Detention Middle officers stated in a information launch. He was pronounced useless after jail employees started lifesaving efforts, they stated. Basco’s demise is the 14th this yr on the jail, which has confronted criticism over inmate deaths, escapes and different incidents.

Jail spokesman Mark Opgrande stated there have been no apparent indicators of foul play and that investigators will look into the potential for a drug overdose. The State Medical Examiner’s Workplace will decide the reason for demise.

Basco, who was booked into the jail Thursday on a drug trafficking grievance, was amongst a bunch of inmates suing the county in federal court docket for allegedly being handcuffed to a wall and compelled to hearken to the track “Child Shark” on repeat for hours throughout separate incidents in 2019. A jail lieutenant retired and two detention officers have been fired in reference to the incidents, and all three face misdemeanor charges.

Basco’s lawyer, Cameron Spradling, informed The Oklahoman that he discovered the circumstances surrounding Basco’s demise “disturbing” and referred to as for the preservation of all proof because the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation probe of it unfolds.

“I’m actually bothered by this,” Spradling stated. “One of many ‘Child Shark’ victims is conveniently useless inside three days of his arrival on the jail. How does that occur? District Lawyer David Prater simply misplaced certainly one of his witnesses for the upcoming prison trial. For me, this one doesn’t move the scent take a look at.”

Oklahoma jail data present Basco had an extended historical past of prison convictions in Oklahoma County courting again to the mid Nineties, principally for drug, property and firearms crimes. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail for a second-degree homicide conviction in 2000 and was launched in 2007, data present.

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