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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

McKinney, according to court papers, was placed in a holding cell and was taunted by officers. They ignored her requests for medical aid and made her crawl from her cell to a holding room on her hands and knees, the attorney said Monday.

She suffered a broken toe, strained shoulder ligaments and various cuts and bruises, the attorney said.

“She's had a tough life,” Timmons said of McKinney, a single mother of three. “But they almost broke her that night.”

Attorneys for Whetsel denied the allegations, telling jurors “nothing happened” on the night in question.

McKinney, the attorneys said, was “obstinate,” “uncooperative” and “verbally combative,” and “right where she belonged” because she broke the law.

They accused McKinney of fabricating the incident and said they plan to attack her credibility. has disabled the comments for this article.
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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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