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After 8 years of hard-fought litigation, the Elliot Williams case is finally resolved once and for all.
After a jury’s determination in 2017 that Tulsa County was liable for Williams’ death in the county jail, the jury awarded Williams’ estate $10 million in compensatory damages from Tulsa County; the largest settlement ever in an Oklahoma civil rights death case.
The Tulsa World writes, “The 37-year-old Williams was mentally ill when he was jailed on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an Owasso police officer, according to court records.
Williams hit his head while alone in a holding cell, injuring his neck, according to court records.
His health deteriorated over the course of his six days in the jail until jail personnel discovered him unresponsive in a medical unit cell about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27, 2011.
A medical expert for Williams’ estate said jail staff’s failure to stabilize Williams’ neck caused a hematoma that shut down his spinal cord, which in turn caused his respiratory muscles to stop working.
Williams’ death likely could have been avoided had jail staff stabilized his neck and referred him to an appropriate medical facility, according to his estate’s medical expert.”
It is our hope that this case will ensure that Elliot Williams’ story will never be forgotten and that our work here will show the world that this type of inhumane treatment can not be tolerated in a civilized society.
To read more about the verdict you can read this article from Tulsa World:
Tulsa County, estate settle lawsuit for $10 million, ending years of litigation over Elliott Williams’ death in the Tulsa County jail
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