Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department arrests two former jail officers

Two Oklahoma County jail officers were fired this week after being arrested on complaints of assault and battery at the jail.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014

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.

Recent incidents

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.

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