CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. -- Federal authorities are now involved in an investigation of possible abuse at a local jail. Four inmates in the Choctaw County Jail claim they were beaten while in custody.
In addition to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the FBI is now looking in to allegations that the four inmates were abused by a Choctaw County sheriff's deputy.
Special agent Gary Johnson says his office is conducting a preliminary investigation.
Back in October, Choctaw County authorities said inmates became unruly, flooding their cell. Sheriff Lewis Collins says one deputy was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
Collins says he called the OSBI when the original complaint of abuse was made.
KXII-TV spoke with the mother of one of the inmates who claims he was beaten. She says her son suffered broken ribs during the incident and has since been moved to another facility.
No word on when the FBI will wrap up their investigation or if the deputy involved is still suspended.