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Police are being called “gangsters” after an incident in the Oklahoma County jail in which an inmate holding a knife to a corrections officer’s throat was shot dead by police.
In response to Black Lives Matter protests, officials last week released body camera footage showing officers entering the jail after inmates had taken control of one pod inside the Oklahoma City facility.
The video contained graphic content of the moment inmate Curtis Montrell Williams, 34, confronted police. In the video, he stood at the top of a staircase and held an object to the neck of the corrections officer Daniel Misquez.
After a brief confrontation, during which someone said, “he’s got a knife,” two gunshots were heard. Williams fell to the landing where he was standing and Misquez tumbled down a flight of stairs.
A makeshift knife was later recovered, police said.
Michael Washington, leader of the Oklahoma Coalition Against People Abuse, blamed Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley for the incident.