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Jury finds in favor of woman who says Oklahoma County jail detention officers assaulted her nearly 10 years ago

A civil jury awarded Dionne A. McKinney $39,000 in actual damages in a case in which she alleged Oklahoma County jail detention officers used excessive force against her. An unspecified amount in punitive damages was reached during settlement outside court.
by Tim Willert Modified: December 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012
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The woman's attorney, Aletia H. Timmons, told jurors her client was assaulted by several 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.

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 during the weeklong trial.

Timmons could not be reached for comment Monday.

Attorneys for Whetsel and the board denied the allegations in court, 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.

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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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