Former sheriff takes the stand in federal civil rights trial
The Associated Press and The Tulsa World - March 3, 2017 10:48 am
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A former Tulsa County sheriff says an inmate who died after five days in the Tulsa Jail in 2011 wasn’t mentally assessed because he was “acting up.”
The Tulsa World reports former Sheriff Stanley Glanz testified Wednesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging 37-year-old Elliott Williams had a broken neck and was ignored by jail staff despite insisting he was paralyzed.
Glanz says due to Williams’ behavior he didn’t have a problem with skipping the evaluation, despite arresting officers reporting that Williams was suicidal.
Glanz said Williams wasn’t on suicide watch, which would mean constant supervision, but that jail staff could observe him at all times.
Glanz resigned in 2015 after being indicted on a misdemeanor charge related to a reserve deputy’s fatal shooting of an unarmed man.