Jessie Lee Williams, 40

Gulfport, Mississippi
February 04, 2005

Agencies: Harrison County Sheriff's Department Mississippi

Cause of death: Beating


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Last updated: over 1 year ago

Overview

Jessie Lee Williams was arrested on misdemeanor charges on Feb. 4, 2005, and taken to the Harrison County jail. After his arrest, he was taken to the jail’s booking room, where jail surveillance cameras captured the last minutes of his life. Williams was brain dead when he was taken to a hospital. He was taken off of life support and died within 24 hours of of arriving at the hospital.

Williams’ death was captured on surveillance video at the Harrison County jail.

He was arrested on misdemeanor charges on Feb. 4, 2005, and taken to the jail’s booking room, which had surveillance cameras.

The 40-year-old was kicked, slapped, punched, pepper-sprayed under a hood that covered his face, stunned with a Taser, hogtied with handcuffs, wrapped in a blanket, and, as one witness said, “carried like a suitcase” and thrown to the ground on his way to being placed in a restraining chair.

Williams was brain dead when he was finally taken to a hospital. He was taken off of life support and died within 24 hours of of arriving at the hospital.

Legal Action

A jury convicted then Sgt. Ryan Teel of killing Williams and nine other former jailers pleaded guilty to related federal charges in that case.

The Williams’ family filed a wrongful death suit and won the case in federal court.