Civil case pits ex-inmate against Oklahoma County sheriff

Dionne A. McKinney says she was beaten by female detention officers in May 2003 while being booked on DUI complaint; attorneys for John Whetsel deny allegations of abuse
by Tim Willert Published: December 11, 2012

A civil trial is under way in Oklahoma County pitting Sheriff John Whetsel against a former inmate who says she was beaten and humiliated by jail detention officers nearly 10 years ago.

Whetsel was in court Monday for opening statements by his attorneys and lawyers for Dionne A. McKinney, of Oklahoma City.

McKinney alleges in court papers she was beaten without provocation by female officers in May 2003 while being booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a complaint of driving under the influence.

Federal claims filed by McKinney in May 2006 were dismissed; the case is being heard in district court.

The woman's attorney, Aletia H. Timmons, told jurors her client was assaulted by five to six officers after she asked to use the restroom.

Timmons said the officers slammed McKinney's head against a concrete wall and then threw her to the ground and kicked her. An unidentified officer, the attorney alleged, rubbed McKinney's genitals as she attempted to change out of a dress into orange coveralls.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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