Prison guards 'tortured inmates by playing Baby Shark on repeat'

Two former detention officers and their bosses forced jail inmates to listen to novelty children’s song Baby Shark on repeat, it is claimed.

Gregory Cornell Butler Jr, 21, Christian Charles Miles, 21 and Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50, were charged on Monday after subjecting inmates to ‘inhuman’ discipline at at the Oklahoma County Jail last November and December.

The inmates were forced to stand with their hands cuffed and secured to a wall behind them while the song played, the investigation said in USA Today

Butler said that he used the method as a ‘means of punishment,’ the investigation said.

‘The playing of the music was said to be a joke between Miles and Butler,’ police said.

The music put ‘undue emotional stress on the inmates who were most likely already suffering from physical stressors,’ documents showed.

Miles and Butler ‘systematically worked together to discipline inmates and teach them a lesson because they felt that disciplinary action within the Detention Center was not working in correcting the behavior of the inmates,’ the investigation said.

Hendershott, the supervisor, learned of the abuse but ‘took no immediate action to either aid the inmate victim or discipline the Officers,’ the investigation said.

‘This appeared to have led to the Officers continuing to mistreat inmates,’ police said.

Sheriff PD Taylor was in charge of jail operations at the time and said he suspended the inmates as soon as he knew about it.

‘We don’t tolerate it,’ he said.

The Oklahoma County jail is one of the most notorious prisons in the country, with more than 40 lawsuits by former inmates and guards alike.

Music has been used to torture war prisoners and can include sleep-deprivation due to not being able to sleep from too much noise.

This is not the first time a chidlren’s song has been used for torture. The US used Sesame Street songs to torture Iraqi prisoners in 2003.

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