Jail video released in connection with Caddo County inmate’s death

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CADDO COUNTY, Okla. - Newly released video shows what happened leading up to an inmate's death inside the Caddo County jail.

Darius Robinson's family and their attorneys are furious charges haven't been filed against the jail staff.

Robinson's family never expected he wouldn't make it out of jail alive.

They said the video shows excessive force on Robinson, and they plan to take their fight to court.

The video shows Robinson on the floor of the Caddo County lockup being held down by jailers back in April.

Sheriffs' deputies said Robinson was acting violent in his jail cell, but attorneys for Robinson's family said jail staff went way too far once they got inside.

"He died from being strangled to death right here in this jail cell. That is unacceptable," said attorney Malik Shabazz.

The medical examiner ruled Robinson's death a homicide.

An autopsy reports shows "while lying handcuffed and prone on the jail floor, Robinson became unresponsive. There was a report of white foam coming from his mouth."

Robinson was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"In this hour, justice has not been reached. The jailer's not supposed to be the executioner," Shabazz said.

Attorneys said Robinson notified jail staff that he might suffer possible withdrawals from prescription Xanax while in jail.

It's a warning the family said was ignored, leading Robinson to an agitated state in a cell by himself.

Monday, the family's high profile legal team from Washington, D.C., also met with another family seeking answers after their son also died in the Caddo County jail.

"We don't have the knowledge the Robinson family has right now because they have received the video and they know what happened. This family is still waiting to get the video tape from Caddo County, and they've been denied it," said attorney Amber Peckio Garrett.

District Attorney Jason Hicks released the video Monday afternoon but couldn't comment on the case.

The family plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

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