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Another Murder By Chumph Lawn Jockey Deppity Clarke

This clown operates a small jail in a fairly small county…So why so many deaths?

Something stinks in Milwaukee!

This murdering POS needs to be locked up.

 

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Infant dies in Trump-loving sheriff’s jail after guard laughs off inmate’s plea for help: lawsuit

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke was one of Donald Trump’s most enthusiastic boosters during the presidential campaign, and he’s been rumored to be on the shortlist for a job with Trump’s administration.

However, Clarke has a major potential problem that could wind up costing him a plum position in Washington, D.C. — namely, people keep dying in the jail that he oversees.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a newborn infant died in the Milwaukee County Jail this past summer after a corrections officer allegedly laughed off a pregnant inmate’s pleas for help as she was giving birth.

Former inmate Shadé Swayzer claims that she didn’t get any medical attention for six hours after she first pleaded with a guard to help her as she went into labor. In fact, she says that even after she gave birth, it took the jail an additional two hours to deliver medical aid to her newborn baby, who subsequently died later in the day.

“Swayzer’s lawyer, Jason Jankowski, wrote in the notice of claim that Swayzer told a corrections officer her water broke and she was going into labor, but the officer laughed and ignored her,” the Journal Sentinel reports.

Swayzer is seeking $8.5 million in damages against the government over the incident.

Swayzer’s infant is the fourth person to die in the Milwaukee County Jail over the past eight months, including one man who died from dehydration while in custody.

 
 

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Black Uncle Tom – Sheriff David Clarke… Homicide.

This should come as no surprise. Seems a prisoner in the Sheriff’s jail was left to die in his cell with the water shut off.The coroner has ruled it homicide.

I certainly hope they call the FBI on this one.

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An Inmate Died Of Thirst In A Jail Run By A Loudly Pro-Trump Sheriff

Terrill Thomas’ death in Milwaukee County Jail has been ruled a homicide.

Authorities have ruled the death of an inmate at a jail run by a top law enforcement supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump a homicide caused by “profound dehydration.”

Terrill Thomas, 38, was found dead in a Milwaukee County Jail cell on April 24, nine days after being arrested in connection with a shooting. Other inmates heard Thomas beg for water in the days before he died, the Journal Sentinel reported in July. …

Last week the Milwaukee County medical examiner announced that Thomas’ death was due to profound dehydration, according to the Journal Sentinel. By labeling the death a homicide, the medical examiner indicated that it was caused by the actions of another person, although that judgment does not necessarily mean that anyone will be criminally prosecuted in the case.

The Milwaukee County Jail is run by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., an outspoken Trump supporter and critic of the Black Lives Matter movement. Clarke, who is technically a Democrat, has become popular in conservative circles in recent years for his specific criticism of President Barack Obama and more general critiques of liberalism. A recent disclosure form revealed that Clarke took in more than $150,000 in speaking fees, travel reimbursements and gifts in 2015.

Inmates told the Journal Sentinel that the water in Thomas’ cell had been shut off for six days, and one inmate allegedly said to a guard, “If something happens to that man, it’s your fault.”

“No one should ever die of dehydration. It just should never happen,” Erik J. Heipt, a lawyer for the Thomas family, told The Huffington Post. Heipt has represented the families of a number of individuals who lost their lives in jail, including a 25-year-old man who died of dehydration and malnutrition in a Island County Jail in Washington state.

“They may well have had reason to turn off the water. There absolutely could be reasons why you’d want to turn off someone’s water in their cell. But to then not give them drinking water? That’s crazy,” Heipt said. “To make a human being die of thirst, where they have no ability to get their own water for survival, that’s pretty inhumane. It doesn’t get much worse than that.”

Heipt said he has received calls from other former inmates of the Milwaukee County Jail who said the water to their cells had been cut off, too. In fact, another inmate, Antonio Cowser, died in 2011 after water to his cell was turned off.

They could have gave him some water,” Thomas’ mother Celia told the Journal Sentinel.

Clarke’s office issued a press release stating that it will not be commenting on the death until all investigations, as well as any civil lawsuits, have ended.

 

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Another Prison Murder by Guards…And Coverup

Darren Rainey was an inmate in the Dade Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida. Like a number of inmates he suffered from mental illness, in his case schizophrenia, a severe disease which can cause episodes of hallucinations and erratic and irrational actions by the victim. He apparently had an episode while lock in his cell, where he stripped himself naked and defecated on himself. The guards decided to teach him a lesson by locking him in a shower located in a different part of the prison bypassing the showers in the unit where he was held, and turning the hot water on – where he was left for the better part of a day. He was scalded to death by the hot water.

There are a couple of issues here – including the fact that there are regulations on the hot water temperature when working with patients (or prisoners) who have mental issues, just as the doctors and government tells you when having a baby – you should turn the hot water heater in your house down to 10-20 degrees below the standard setting of 135 to prevent accidental scalding. Testimony by other prisoners at Dade claim that the other showers (the ones they didn’t put Rainey in) were the ones where the temperatures had been set to safe levels – and the one he was locked in was particularly hot.

Then there is the coverup.

Guards Cooked This Inmate to Death, Then Rushed to Burn the Evidence

Darren Rainey was locked in a scalding jail shower and when he came out, his skin melted off. The wait for an autopsy took years. The wait for justice continues.

For a man who died in a shower, officials were in a hurry to cremate his body.

Miami cops showed up at the doorstep of Andre Chapman in 2012 with news: his younger brother Darren Rainey died after “he collapsed in the shower” inside Dade Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida.

Chapman didn’t even know his schizophrenia-stricken brother had been moved to Miami.

And while he was forced to come to grips with the sudden loss, Chapman said he was already being pushed by a Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s officer to cremate his brother’s remains.

“I asked the man ‘What does his body look like?’ He says, ‘It looks fine,’” Chapman told The Daily Beast.

“This was before I found out he was put in the shower and scalded to death.”

After getting that news, Chapman called the same official who had prodded him to quickly cremate his brother—in other words, destroy the evidence.

The window to exhume Rainey’s body and perform an independent autopsy was closed once his corpse was cremated.

Chapman could only go off the officer’s word.

“After I found out I called him again: ‘Do you remember what I asked you?’

“And this time he had amnesia or something. He didn’t remember,” Chapman said.

According to a preliminary medical report, his brother’s 50-year-old body was far from “fine.” The report noted that Rainey’s body temperature when it was pulled without a pulse from the correctional facility’s shower was a volcanic 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Mr. Rainey was burned over 90% of his body, skin was hot/warm to touch and skin comes off when touched,” a note from the medical report included in Chapman’s federal lawsuit filed on Nov. 5, 2014 against the Florida Department of Corrections said.

he Miami Herald, whose years-long work by Julie K. Brown uncovered Rainey’s suspicious death, reported Friday he apparently suffered no “thermal” injuries, or burns, on his body, according to law-enforcement sources. Instead, the medical examiner ruled the cause of death as “accidental” as a result of “complications” from schizophrenia, heart disease, and “confinement” in the shower back on June 23, 2012.

That’s all that Chapman knows about what happened to his brother, medically speaking, because it’s taken an unbelievable three years for the medical examiner’s office to complete their report on Rainey’s death. Now that it’s finally finished, Chapman has been barred from learning about the results.

“I’m deeply bothered, man,” Chapman said. “They’re playing a game here. I’m just in the dark with this now. They don’t want to come clean.”

When the death certificate came it might as well have been written in wingdings.

“I have never gotten an autopsy; and on his death certificate it’s ‘death unknown.’”…Read The Rest Here

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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From Prison to Poet

This is the uplifting story of one Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr., a stupid mistake, and a decision to move forward.

Yes, One Book Can Change Your Life, Even In Prison

A book of black poetry slides under a cell door in solitary confinement. And it changes everything.

Reginald Dwayne Betts Jr. goes by the name Dwayne. But for the majority of the nine years he spent in prison, he gave himself the name Shahid. It means “the witness” in Arabic.

At 16, Betts pled guilty to carjacking in Virginia and was in prison until he was 24. For many years, cultivating his identity — hard stuff for any teenager — was a mostly solitary endeavor. Books, and later poetry, became his teacher, his classroom and his peer.

“I read anything I could find. Poetry makes you reflect. Joseph Brodsky once wrote: ‘I have braved, for want of wild beasts, steel cages.’ That shit says everything that I would ever want to say about mass incarceration,” he told The Huffington Post in an interview last week.

In the decade since his release from prison, Betts, now 34, has published an award-winningmemoir about coming of age in prison, written two books of poetry, received undergraduate and MFA degrees and is currently in his final year at Yale Law School.

His upcoming book of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, will be released in October.

Learning has always been deeply important to Betts. He dreamed of playing point guard at Georgia Tech and becoming an engineer. He says numbers came easily to him and that as he grew, the two most important things to him were math and philosophy.

He started hanging out with a bad crew in his hometown of Suitland, Maryland and sneaking out of class at 16. At the time, he was taking a full load of challenging classes, including Physics, French 4 and AP U.S. History.

Everything changed on December 7, 1996. On a visit to the Springfield Mall in suburban Virginia about 20 miles from their hometown, Betts and a friend came across a man asleep in his car in the parking lot. They impulsively carjacked him and took off on what would prove to be one of the quickest roads to stalling one’s life as a teen.

At the time, carjacking in Virginia carried a maximum penalty of life in prison and the state had done away with parole. On December 8, one day after the carjacking, Betts stood before a judge and was charged with six felonies and nine years in prison.

The presiding judge had wise words for Betts, who recalled what he was told in a 2010 New Yorker article. The words are seared in his mind: “I don’t have any illusions that the penitentiary is going to help you, but you can get something out of it if you want to,” the judge said to the 16-year-old.

Due to lack of space for incoming juveniles, Betts was thrown into solitary confinement without a mattress, blanket or pillow. When he was pulled out 10 days later and moved to his cell block, Betts carried the only thing he had shown up with: a book by James Baldwin.

Betts poured himself into reading. He turned page after page of The Confessions of Nat Turner, Go Tell It on the Mountain and A Lesson Before Dying. He read George Orwell and every book by Charles Dickens. He inhaled classics like Of Mice and Men, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Jungle. He read the philosophy of Max Weber, Franz Fanon and C.L.R. James.…The Rest Here…

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Giant Negros

 

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