At least two former Oklahoma prison staff and their supervisor were charged Monday after investigators found inmates with handcuffs reportedly forced to listen to the nursery rhyme “Baby Shark” for hours, according to reports.
District Attorney David Prater charged Oklahoma County prison officers Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles, both 21, and their superiors, Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50, of crimes of prisoner cruelty and conspiracy.
“It was unfortunate that I couldn’t find a crime statute that fits this factual scenario,” Prater said, according to The Oklahoman. “I would have preferred to file a crime for this behavior.”
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At least four inmates were subjected to “inhuman” discipline in a lawyers’ room last November and December, the authorities said. Inmates were reportedly handcuffed to a wall when the song was played on a loop at high volume for hours.
Butler and Miles are charged with imposing discipline, the newspaper reported. Hendershott is accused of not intervening and allowing the behavior.
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The couple resigned during an internal investigation. Hendershott pulled out, Sheriff PD Taylor said Monday.
“We’re not going to tolerate it,” added Taylor. “We have always done an excellent job ourselves.”
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A video for the children’s song “Baby Shark” was put online in 2016 by the Pinkfong company. It gained huge popularity two years ago and has been viewed more than 6.7 billion times since then.
The Associated Press contributed to this report