byKYLE SCHWABPublished: Fri, June 22, 2018 1:32 PM
The mother of a man fatally beaten inside the Oklahoma County jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff P.D. Taylor and the county commissioners.
Maurice Pendleton was killed by unsupervised inmates after being placed on a basketball court in the jail on July 18. The mother is seeking monetary damages in the lawsuit filed Friday in Oklahoma County District Court.
“I want justice to be served for my son,” Mae Pendleton told news reporters outside the jail before she nearly fainted. Her attorneys and others held her up as she walked away.
“Maurice’s life mattered,” attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said. “This jail caused the death of Maurice Pendleton.”
Since 2016, more than 30 inmates have died after being booked into the jail, the attorney noted.
The lawsuit alleges Maurice Pendleton was deprived of his constitutional right to safety while in the jail. It also alleges the jail has a long history of “unconstitutional conditions.”
It’s the latest in a series of lawsuits over Oklahoma County jail deaths.
Four inmates are charged with second-degree murder in the fatal beating that prosecutors called gang-related. A trial is set for August.