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Oklahoma City Jail Guards Wanted To Teach Inmates A Lesson. So They Forced Them To Listen To The Children's Song 'Baby Shark' On Repeat.

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Apr. 7 2023, Published 4:51 p.m. ET

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Two Oklahoma City jail guards have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines after they forced inmates to listen to “Baby Shark” on repeat for hours as a form of punishment, according to authorities.

On March 30, Christian Miles and Gregory Butler pleaded no contest to four counts of cruelty to a prisoner, according to court records. The attorneys for Christopher Hendershott, the supervisor for Miles and Butler, filed to dismiss the charges on April 5, officials said.

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In 2019, Miles and Butler, who worked as jailers at the Oklahoma City Jail, took several inmates out of their cells in the middle of the night and made them listen to the popular children’s song “Baby Shark” on repeat. During this, officials said the inmates were reportedly handcuffed and placed in a “standing stress position,” KFOR reported.

Miles and Butler forced the inmates to listen to the song to “teach them a lesson because they felt that disciplinary action within the Detention Center was not working in correcting the behavior of the inmates,” according to KFOR.

According to court documents, Miles told investigators that some of the inmates “pissed off” Butler, which is what “led to those inmates being taken out of their cells/pods and mistreated.”

Officials said Hendershoot knew about the punishment, but did nothing to help the inmates or discipline the officers.

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In 2021, some of the prisoners filed a federal lawsuit against the jail, KFOR reported.

Prosecutors have said the actions were “nothing short of Draconian” and compared it to the types of torture used at Guantanamo Bay, according to KFOR.

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Prosecutor Casey Davis said the actions were done “to harass, to annoy, to torture, to inflict emotional anguish,” KFOR reported.

Miles and Butler were ordered to pay $200 in fines and $300 in compensation to the victims, as well as completing 40 hours of community service, authorities said. They are also forbidden from working in law enforcement again.


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