Okla. Jail Under Fire After Mentally-Ill Inmate Dies In Jail Cell

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    After Elliott Earl Williams was arrested in Owasso, Okla., in connection to a disturbance at a hotel in October of 2011, he was taken to the Tulsa County Jail where he would later die in the most tragic of circumstances, the Tulsa World reports. In a video of his final days inside the Tulsa County Jail that was released last week, Williams is shown lying naked on a blanket inside of a cell.

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    According to an Owasso police report, “It was readily apparent that the suspect was having a mental breakdown. The suspect was rambling on about God, eating dirt.” Numerous publications report that Williams suffered from mental illness, but it is unclear exactly which one.

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    The ten-minute video shows Williams, 37, being dragged into a medical cell on a blanket at 8:27 a.m. Oct. 25. It ends on Oct. 27, with jail staff first checking the bottoms of Williams’ feet for a response around 8:41 a.m. and returning at 11:04 a.m. to do CPR on him. Williams was eventually pronounced dead after Tulsa firefighters failed to resuscitate him.

    Watch video of Elliot Earl Williams’ Jail Death Below:

    Here is more from the Tulsa World:

    Between the time he was placed in the cell and the time he died, jail personnel gave him one cup of water – placed at his feet minutes after he was put in the cell but initially out of his reach – and what appear to be two servings of food – each tossed to the floor on Oct. 25, according to the video.

    Just hours before his death, what appears to be another meal was pushed through the slot in the cell door.

    Undersheriff Tim Albin on Monday called the death an “unfortunate” incident and said he would not comment because the case is being litigated.

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