Video shows inmate who broke neck in custody throwing chair at Tulsa County jail deputies

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 08:26:38-04

TULSA-- We're getting a look at video from inside the Tulsa County Jail showing an inmate becoming violent with detention officers.

The video shows inmate David Fulps standing in the jail pod and picking up a chair. It also shows him throwing the chair at a guard before lunging at him.

Fulps then appears to injure himself, grabbing at his back and lying down until deputies arrive.

The video picks up in the hallway with Fulps being carried to his cell. Deputies say Fulps also bit an officer.

“The scenario that's created and when you do that is a danger to your detention staff, a danger to your inmate in this case Mr. Fulps and a danger to the other inmates and it's that course of action we've advocated for a long time that needs to be changed,” said attorney Daniel Smolen.

Fulps later broke his neck while in custody. He was released from jail and his charges were dropped --the sheriff's office says-- to avoid Tulsa County paying for his costly medical bills. He was arrested a few days after being released form the hospital in Washington County after police say he stole a car and led officers on a chase.

Fulps is facing new charges in Tulsa County including battery on a detention officer.



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