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Delaware Co. Sheriff's: detention officers under investigation for allegedly tasing inmates

Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 27, 2019

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. — Detention officers are under investigation for allegedly tasing inmates at the Delaware County Jail, according to an official with the Delaware County Sheriff's Department.

Five inmates in the the jail say they were being "drive stunned" with a taser by a detention officer, according to Sheriff Harlan Moore.

"The use of a taser is only authorized when a situation would require the use to restrain an individual or during training," Moore said. "Detention officers are provided certified training on the proper use of a taser."

Officials are conducting several interviews with other detention officers and inmates, Moore said. He says it's clear from surveillance video inside the jail that something did take place, but the details are still being investigated.

After the investigation, Moore says the findings will be delivered to the District Attorney's Officer to review possible charges.

"One male detention officer and one female detention officer have been suspended with pay pending the completion of the investigation," Moore said.

The names of the detention officers and inmates have not been released.

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