OK: Inmate Who Sued Over “Baby Shark” Torture Found Dead

Source: Newsweek

“An inmate who had accused his jailers of ‘torture’ by alleging they forced him to listen to the repetitive Baby Shark song playing on a loop has been found dead. John Basco was found unresponsive in his cell in the early hours of Sunday at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, according to a press release. … Basco, who had been booked into the jail on Thursday over a drug trafficking complaint, made headlines around the world in 2021 after he and three other inmates sued Oklahoma County commissioners, Sheriff Tommie Johnson III, the jail trust and two former jailers following a previous stint at the facility back in 2019. They accused former detention officers Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles of forcing them to listen to Baby Shark blaring out on repeat, occasionally for hours, while they stood handcuffed to the wall of a visitation room.” (09/12/22)