Elliott Earl Williams, 37, passed away in his cell on October 27, 2011, five days after being arrested for causing a disturbance in a hotel.
According to the suit filed on behalf of his estate, Williams ‘sat in a cell dying for five days without ever receiving the treatment and care he so desperately and obviously needed.’
The man was arrested in Owasso on October 21 after causing a scene at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott.
Police officers who responded to the call found Williams in the lobby of the hotel having what appeared to be a mental breakdown. A police report stated that the 37-year-old was ‘rambling about God’ and ‘eating dirt.’
Williams was charged with a count of misdemeanor obstruction. According to the lawsuit, in the course of his brief stay at Owasso Police Headquarters, the mentally disturbed man was observed crawling on his hands and knees, barking and repeatedly slamming his head into the wall.
Williams was left in a holding cell for more than 10 hours, during which time he defecated on himself. He was then placed in a shower ‘feet first, on his back,’ and the water was left running for up to two hours.