• almost 8 years ago okactivist


  • almost 8 years ago Myra Pettigrew

    This was my brother. I hope justice is served in regards to his death.

Lorez Chambers, 43

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 09, 2016

Agencies: Oklahoma City Police Department Oklahoma OCPD | Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Police say Chambers appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants.

Officer Dunn was able to get the suspect to stand up and escort him to the patrol vehicle.

However, police say Chambers became uncooperative when the officer attempted to place him in handcuffs.

Two unidentified construction workers saw what was happening and rushed to the scene to assist the officer in placing handcuffs on the suspect.

Officials say Chambers continued to be physically uncooperative and officers were forced to place him in maximal restraints.

When he was transported to the Oklahoma County Jail, it was determined he needed to be taken to a local hospital to receive treatment.

Police say Chambers was admitted to the hospital on June 9th and passed away June 19th under hospital care.

The case is being worked as an in-custody death by the Oklahoma City Police

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says Chambers was never booked into jail. Instead, he was taken to a hospital.

After spending 10 days in a coma, he died.

“On Sunday June 19, which was Father’s Day, we lost a father. We lost a grandfather, son and a husband,” Debrrah Briggs, Chamber's mother-in-law, said.

More than a month later, Chambers' family is still trying to cope with his death.

“This is a nightmare come true," Briggs said. "We’re going to miss him and we’re going to mourn him for the rest of our lives. Perhaps truth and justice can bring some peace."

His family alleges that he died after receiving four skull fractures. They believe his injuries occurred while he was in custody at the Oklahoma County Jail.

It's a claim the family's attorney said came from an eyewitness account.

The lawsuit claims while in custody Chambers' "face was slammed into a window", and at one point he was "restrained on the floor by approximately 15 detention officers".

“The correctional officers doing their job in the course and scope of their employment inflicted deadly injuries upon Mr. Chambers. If we can prove that fact, that’s a state law claim, we will win,” Rand C. Eddy, the family's attorney, said.

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July 2016 Lawsuit filed