Published Oct 06, 2020Two jail guards and their supervisor at the Oklahoma County jail have been charged for allegedly forcing inmates to listen to the popular children's song "Baby Shark" on repeat as a form of punishment.
The Oklahoman reports that at least four inmates were subjected to the "inhuman" discipline, which involved listening to the song on loop for hours while standing handcuffed to a wall.
The guards would play "Baby Shark" as a cruel joke, in order to put "undue emotional stress on the inmates who were most likely already suffering from physical stressors," Buzzfeed News reports.
District Attorney David Prater charged the trio of offenders with misdemeanour counts of cruelty to a prisoner and conspiracy yesterday (October 5).
"It was unfortunate that I could not find a felony statute to fit this fact scenario," he told The Oklahoman. "I would have preferred filing a felony on this behaviour."
Last summer, West Palm Beach implemented a similar torture tactic to deter homeless people from sleeping in the city's public spaces.
Listen to the offending track below — at your own risk.