TULSA, Okla. — A former Tulsa Jail detention officer has been charged with ignoring a fight involving dozens of inmates.
Twenty-eight-year-old Marc Moncrief was charged Thursday with one count of willfully neglecting to perform the duty of a public officer, The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2ctpuoG ) reports. Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Moncrief.
The sheriff’s office released a surveillance video from the July 9 brawl. According to the newspaper, the video shows Moncrief allowing the fight to happen in the recreation yard of a pod and watching nearby from several spots throughout the disturbance. The video also apparently shows inmates cleaning up blood after the fight.
Authorities say Moncrief failed to call for help or prevent inmates from carrying out an assault.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Justin Green says jail personnel never broke up the fight because Moncrief didn’t call for assistance. Green says staff wasn’t aware there was a fight until they received a grievance from an involved inmate.
No serious injuries were reported.
Green said that although the jail’s control center can pull up any video feed at any time, it cannot monitor all feeds at all times.
Sheriff Vic Regalado told Moncrief his firing in July was based on documentation of alleged criminal activity.
Moncrief was employed by the Sheriff’s Office for about 10 months.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com