Jury finds for woman who says Oklahoma County jail detention officers assaulted her
BY TIM WILLERT NewsOK.com
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - A civil jury in Oklahoma County has awarded a former inmate $39,000 in actual damages after finding that jail detention officers used excessive force against the woman nearly 10 years ago.
Jurors returned verdicts Friday in favor of plaintiff Dionne A. McKinney on two excessive-force claims against Sheriff John Whetsel, including negligent infliction of excessive force, court documents show.
“We do find by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant, John Whetsel, in his individual capacity, acted in reckless disregard of the rights of others,” jurors answered on the verdict form.
Whetsel's attorney could not be reached for comment.
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Dionne A. McKinney listens to testimony during her civil trial against Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.