- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A grand jury has determined no charges will be filed against two Oklahoma jailers in the strangulation death of an inmate who was restrained by jail staff.

District Attorney Jason Hicks released the grand jury’s findings Monday, The Lawton Constitution (https://bit.ly/1LD0zus ) reported.

Darius Robinson, 41, died in April at the Caddo County Detention Center in Anadarko. An autopsy determined that Robinson died from asphyxiation caused by “manual compression of the neck.”

The medical examiner classified Robinson’s death as a homicide. The medical examiner’s report said Robinson became violent and agitated, and that jailers used pepper spray and placed him in a neck hold to subdue him.

The Caddo County Sheriff’s Office released video of the April incident last month. In the video obtained by The Oklahoman, Robinson appears to lunge toward jail staff before being tackled to the floor. One staff member appears to restrain Robinson by the neck until he stops resisting, and another staff member handcuffs Robinson while he’s lying restrained on the floor.

The grand jury recommended ways to improve jail safety, including an annual review, allowing the jail administrator to monitor employee training progress, examining proper restraint training and improving policies that may be outdated.

Family attorney Malik Z. Shabazz has said he believes Robinson would be alive if not for what he called the “outrageous excessive force” of jail officials.


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