Former Inmates Sue Oklahoma Jailers For “Torture” With Baby Shark Song


There is no doubt popular nursery song ‘baby shark‘has evolved as a global phenomenon, with children all over the world in love. However, adults, especially parents, have often complained about the addictive look. Now, some former detainees in the United States have even sued authorities for using the song as a torture tactic!

Created by Pinkfong, a South Korean entertainment company, the children’s song and dance video is not only the most-watched YouTube video of all time, but it even reached Billboard’s Hot 100 charts, testifying to its success. popularity. However, after a few listenings, most adults aren’t a fan of repetitive lines.

As reported by The Washington Post, four former Oklahoma City jail inmates said they were subjected to various tactics during interrogation in 2019, including verbal and physical assault as well as standing for hours while being forced to listen to the song loved by toddlers around the world.

The lawsuit was brought against Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III, county commissioners, the prison trust and two former officers.

The lawsuit cited clinical psychologist John Mayer, who said in a Health magazine article that songs likeBaby shark can “cause a painful reaction in the brain” because they have “high pitched tones” and “squealing” sounds that hurt your ears, Initiated reported.

At least four inmates were tied to a wall with their hands cuffed behind them as the song played repeatedly at high volume for hours, Oklahoman reported. The separate incidents occurred in November and December 2019, according to court records.

The incident came to light this week after misdemeanor charges were filed against former Oklahoma County Jail workers Gregory Cornell Butler Jr. and Christian Charles Miles, both 21, and their supervisor, Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50, reported The Associated Press.

“It was unfortunate that I couldn’t find a criminal law to match this factual scenario,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said. “I would have preferred to file a complaint for this behavior.”

However, this does not appear to be an isolated event. According to The Guardian , “Baby shark” and popular music, in general, has a long history of being used as a “device to torment,” the Oklahoma lawsuit said. In 2019, Florida officials released the children’s song on repeat to keep the homeless from sleeping or setting up camp in parks. In Guantánamo Bay, interrogators notably detonated heavy metal music at loud volumes to torture detainees.


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