Booking Video Released In Lawsuit Against Cherokee County Jail
Attorneys for Tahlequah man have released a video reportedly from May 17, 2011 booking of a 42-year-old Daniel Bosh at the Cherokee County jail.
The video shows a handcuffed man being booked by deputies inside the county jail. In the video a man sitting behind the booking desk is seen getting up and approaches the handcuffed man.
Shortly thereafter, the man is seen grabbing the handcuffed man's head and appears to slam it into the desk.
He then appears to maneuver the handcuffed man around, holding the handcuffed man's head under his left arm, and falls backward onto the floor, driving the handcuffed man head-first into the floor.
In a federal lawsuit filed against the Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority and two Cherokee County detention employees T. J. Girdner and Gordon Chronister, Bosh alleges he was being booked into the county detention facility May 17 after being arrested for failure to pay a traffic ticket.
Bosh said he told Chronister his handcuffs were too tight, and Chronister, who was behind the booking desk, told him to shut up, then made his way around the desk.
Bosh said Chronister then grabbed his neck and forcefully slammed his head into the desk. In court documents, Chronister and Girdner say Bosh was argumentative and shouting profanities.
Bosh says he was denied medical attention for two days. When he was treated at a Tulsa hospital, Bosh says he sustained a burst spinal column fracture.
The Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority has asked the federal court to dismiss the case.