Two Oklahoma County jail officers were fired this week after being arrested on complaints of assault and battery at the jail.
Former detention deputy John Jacobson, 29, and former detention officer Jose Botello, 29, were arrested Wednesday in connection with an incident on Dec. 1. The firings and arrests were a result of an internal affairs investigation of the incident, Oklahoma County sheriff's office spokesman Mark Myers said.
Botello and Jacobson are accused of assaulting inmate Cortez Meadows, causing injuries to his head, shoulders, wrist and back, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Thursday.
The two intentionally twisted and pulled his wrists while Meadows was both handcuffed and free, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Jacobson is also accused of continually forcing his head and face into a urine-soaked cell floor, the affidavit states, and Botello reportedly also punched Meadows in the torso while he was handcuffed.
“As public servants charged with protecting those in our custody we are held to a higher standard, and I will not for one second tolerate anyone who violates that trust,” Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said.
Accusations of guard-on-inmate violence are nothing new at the Oklahoma County jail.
In late 2012, two separate incidents resulted in criminal charges against men who were at one point paid to watch over inmates in Oklahoma's largest county lockup.
Former guard Michael Coleman, who was initially charged with assaulting an inmate and bringing contraband into a jail in September 2012, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor assault just three months after he was arrested.
Coleman admitted to beating an inmate with “his fists and a set of metal keys.” Authorities also found a working cellphone and a seven-inch folding knife on Coleman when he was searched following his arrest.
Two other felonies filed against Coleman at the time — for bringing contraband into a jail — were dismissed as part of his plea deal, court records show.
Just a few months before Coleman's arrest, another guard was arrested and charged with assaulting an inmate.
Former detention officer Travis Ingram, 22, was accused of assaulting inmate Roman Johnson in mid-July 2012.
According to court documents, Ingram threw the inmate to the ground at least twice and “put his hand around the throat and choked inmate Johnson, whose hands were handcuffed behind his back and both his feet in leg shackles.”
Ingram, of Yukon, had also been arrested in June 2012 on a domestic abuse complaint.
Court records show that he threw his girlfriend of eight months to the ground twice and then “would not let her up.”