|Updated: 7/02/2013 8:15 pm
||Published: 7/02/2013 4:36 pm
A Tulsa judge allowed the release of a video showing a man dying over a 51-hour period inside a Tulsa County jail cell.
The video shows Elliott Williams dying of dehydration in October 2011. His family is now suing the jail.
Williams was brought to the jail by Owasso police after becoming suicidal. At some point he broke his neck inside the jail and became paralyzed, but the medical staff thought he was faking.
They put him in a video-monitored cell to prove it, but instead he died.
The released video is an edited version of a 51-hour span of time, it is cut down to 10 minutes and 23 seconds.
It begins with the jail's medical staff dragging Williams on a blanket into the cell, completely naked, and leaving him on the floor.
The only movement Williams makes through the entire video is with his right arm.
He tries to grab a cup of water unsuccessfully and attempts to grab food off a tray, but is unable to unwrap it and ends up knocking over the cup of water.
The video goes on to show staff leaving another tray of food next to Williams and later dropping a third tray in through a slot in the cell door.
After two whole days of Williams lying on the floor without eating, drinking or moving, the video shows members of the jail's medical staff entering the cell and checking Williams' feet for a response, and then leaving.
More than two hours later, they return to begin CPR.
Minutes later, the video shows jail personnel pull the blanket out from under Williams, rolling his body over to face down.
Less than 20 minutes after that, Tulsa firefighters enter the cell and make another attempt at CPR, until Williams is pronounced dead.
FOX23 asked officials with the jail for comment on the video and lawsuit and got the following response:
"The death was an unfortunate event in the Tulsa County Jail. On the advice of counsel we are unable to comment on current litigation. We look forward to defending this case in court at the appropriate time."
Williams' family is suing the jail and the jail medical-care provider over the lack of care for Williams.