- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel denies allegations that a man died due to excessive force by county jailers.

Whetsel said Friday that 43-year-old Lorez Chambers was at the jail for less than an hour June 9 and was never in jail custody because he needed medical attention. Chambers was taken to a hospital where he died 10 days later.

Chambers’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the jail Thursday. The Oklahoman reports that family attorney Rand Eddy said Chambers was severely beaten by jailers while handcuffed and his head was smashed against a window.

Whetsel said video shows Chambers was not punched or slammed against a window.

Chambers was arrested by Oklahoma City police for trespassing. A report says some force was used in the arrest and homicide detectives are investigating.



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