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$580,000 Judgment Entered in Oklahoma Jail Beating Suit

The United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma entered a judgment granting Timothy Miller $580,000 in a suit for unreasonable use of force and cruel and inhumane treatment.

The case arose when Miller was being transferred from the custody of Oklahoma City Police and taken into the custody of Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department on October 31, 2003. During intake procedures, Miller was severely beaten by officers Clifford Kinsler, Harold Smith, Sonny Nohmer, Steven Harris, and Terri Streeter. As a result of the beating, Miller was transported by emergency vehicle to a nearby hospital where it was determined he sustained multiple injuries, including a broken femur and a broken pelvis bone.

After exhausting administrative remedies, Miller filed suit on October 14, 2005 in U.S. District court. The court entered judgment on June 28, 2006, granting Miller $580,000 in damages. He was represented by Thomas J. Steele, Mark Brown, Margo Brown, and Michael L. Velez, all of Oklahoma City. See: Miller v. Board of Commissioners, Case No: CIV-05-467-T (USDC, W. Ok. 2006).

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