Oklahoma County to Pay $1M to Settle Jail Death Lawsuit

June 7, 2011

Oklahoma County commissioners have agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the death of a county jail inmate.

The family of 34-year-old Christopher Beckman of Choctaw sued after Beckman died at a hospital in May 2007 — two days after fighting with jail guards. Beckman had been arrested for driving under the influence, driving under suspension and drug possession.

The struggle began after Beckman either suffered or faked a seizure.

Sheriff John Whetsel told The Oklahoman he can’t comment on the settlement. He said commissioners took the action they believe best protects taxpayers.

The settlement will be paid with an increase in property taxes. County Treasurer Butch Freeman told The Oklahoman the increase will be about 10 cents on a $150,000 home.

Information from: The Oklahoman

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