Inmate lunged at jail staff before strangulation

Ponca City Now - July 27, 2016 11:20 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Caddo County Sheriff's Office has released video of an April incident in which an Oklahoma inmate was restrained by jail staff and died of strangulation.

In the video obtained by The Oklahoman newspaper , 41-year-old Darius Robinson appears to lunge toward jail staff before being tackled to the floor at Caddo County Jail about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

An autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma says Robinson died from asphyxiation caused by "manual compression of the neck" in April. The report classifies Robinson's death as a homicide. The report says Robinson became violent and agitated, and that jailers placed him in a neck hold to subdue him.

Caddo County Sheriff Lennis Miller did not immediately return a call Tuesday requesting comment.


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