AIMI vs. USA in International Court

AIMI vs. USA in International Court. Contact Mary Neal, director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI") . Email MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com or phone (678)531.0262 or (571)335-1741. Join Claimants' conference meetings by phone on the first weekend of each month at (605) 562-0020 Meeting ID Code: 992-212-650, or please call (347) 857-3293 at 9am PST. Visit our blog about "AIMI vs. USA" at
http://AIMI-humanrights.blogspot.com
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Warren Hill Death Warrant Issued


Warren Hill was originally sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting his girlfriend, Myra Wright, in 1986. He was subsequently sentenced to death for killing his cellmate, Joseph Handspike.

Georgia is preparing to EXECUTE the mentally ill man who "somehow" got a board of wood with long nails driven through it and beat his cellmate to death while he slept. Did the prison know how dangerous Hill was? Absolutely. He was already imprisoned for murder. And how on earth did Hill get a board and nails to make a Midieval club like the one pictured below? Hill's murder by the State on January 27, 2015, and his victim's murder, will be included in our "AIMI vs. USA" legal action before the International Court in 2015. 


If inmates can be endangered and killed by locking them in cells with murderous mentally ill people, which has happened in Georgia correctional facilities more than once, then every prisoner is at risk. Correctional officers and prison administrators who apply this lack of care are intended to escape accountability by executing the mentally ill inmates who kill their cellmates. The inmates who kill will bare the blame, not the prison which should be a "controlled environment." 

"AIMI vs. USA" will take the USA before the International Court for dereliction of its duty to protect the rights of institutionalized persons, such as Hill and his victim, Handspike. Hill should have had no opportunity to ascertain a board and nails, and his victim should not have been in the cell with a homicidal mentally ill man like Hill. 

Read about The Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) of 1980, a United States federal law intended to protect the rights of people in state or local correctional facilities, nursing homes, mental health facilities and institutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Wikipedia). The U.S. Justice Department totally ignores its responsibility to uphold that Act; an "act" is all it is (see the links to information about CRIPA below).

As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said over 50 years ago, "All we say to America is, 'Be true to what you said on paper.'" That is still a huge problem, and no group of people anywhere on planet earth is as oppressed as Americans with mental disabilities in custody. They are regularly tortured and killed without any accountability being demanded. Some are tortured for sport and killed in grotesque Medieval ways, including death by scalding, death by roasting, death by hanging, and forcing mentally ill inmates to entertain correctional officers by engaging in gladiator fights (to the finish, in some cases). 

It is likely that Hill's mental illness was untreated before he killed Myra Wright, his first victim. Neglect likely caused both murders.


Happy Martin Luther King's Day 2015. Let us stand up together and demand that Americans with mental disabilities like Warren Hill be protected, moved into mental hospitals instead of jails and prisons, and that mental illness be decriminalized in the United States of America. Nobody deserves to be misused as prison commodities because of a common, treatable health condition. If the renowned human rights leader, Dr. King, were alive, we at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) believe decriminalizing mental illness would be one of his main objectives. Please make it one of yours. Read more about "AIMI vs. USA" at http://AIMI-HumanRights.blogspot.com


USDOJ: Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA)
http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/cripastat.php

CRIPA at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_of_Institutionalized_Persons_Act
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How can you help? Follow this blog, share this article, and listen to the George Mallinckrodt Blogtalkradio presentations taped January 11 and January 15, 2015 (links are in this blog). Mallinckrodt exposed brutality and a murder against mentally ill inmates in his book, "Getting Away with Murder" and was fired from his position as a psychotherapist in Florida prisons as a consequence of his objections to torture. Human and civil rights of persons with mental disabilities in the United States are treated as nonexistent.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after eleven years? Cover-ups regarding the wrongful deaths of mentally ill inmates are common and vile.
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Support the H.R. 3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The U.S. congressional bill provides for crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs to stop recidivism, and other needed changes.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"FL DOC IS GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER": George Mallinckrodt


GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER - Join "Human Rights Demand" Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 3pm EST, when our guest will be George Mallinckrodt, author of "Getting Away with Murder." Call-in number (347)857-3293. Mallinckrodt was a licensed mental health counselor in the Florida prison system who helped reveal the murder by scalding of Darren Rainey and a pattern of abuse and cover-ups by the Florida Department of Corrections against mentally ill inmates. Part 2 of our interview will air live Thursday, January 15, at 9pm EST. Both links are below:
January 15, 9pm EST

You are invited to call "Human Rights Demand" radio broadcast and make comments or ask questions, which will be aired live on the show. The broadcasts will also be available via computer and archived at Blogtalkradio for future listening and sharing 24/7.

"The Florida Department of Corrections is riddled with amoral, sadistic sociopaths and the people who support, enable, and cover-up their crimes." ~ @GeoMallinckrodt . . . (Twitter address)

"If what is done to mentally ill Florida inmates was done in the military, these would be considered war crimes." ~George Mallinckrodt

Mallinckrodt advocates on behalf of the mentally ill. He recently met with with Senator Greg Evers, the Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, and staffers Amanda and Tracy. 

Author's Website

Author's Blog

Order the book: "Getting Away with Murder". 


Learning of Darren Rainey's death over two years ago, late June 2012, George Mallinckrodt authored Getting Away With Murder in frustration over the many dead-ends he encountered while trying to bring Rainey's killers to justice. The narrative follows George's progression from an idealistic psychotherapist to a prison hardened case manager in the Transitional Care Unit where Darren Rainey would be housed.

Refusing to let go of the notion he could make a difference, George encountered inmates with deep rooted pathologies he had only read about in psychology journals. Undaunted, he steadily set about helping those capable of benefitting from his nearly 20 years of counseling experience.

Behind the scenes, rumors began to circulate regarding inmate abuse. Guards cleverly masked their behavior by choosing the weak and mentally ill. They abused inmates at night when mental health staffers were not around.

Overly confident that their misdeeds would go unpunished, guards made the mistake of beating an inmate during the day as an eye-witness looked on. That was the day that changed everything.

A book review by Amy M. August 17, 2014:

A shocking and darkly humorous account of working with mentally ill inmates in Florida's Dade Correctional Institution

George Mallinckrodt writes a gritty, mesmerizing account of his three years as psychotherapist in the "Transitional Care Unit" of the Dade Correctional Institution in south Florida, where inmates with mental health problems, including the most severe mental illnesses, are housed.

It's hard to put this book down. Although the subject is depressing, he weaves ribald prison humor and lively dialogue into his story. Mallinckrodt tells of his struggle with "being in prison" at a difficult and frustrating job. It is also a story about the inhumane and dangerous conditions for inmates in a run-down, poorly managed prison. Retribution keeps the inmates and the staff from reporting abuse. His journey from stressed out employee to prison rights advocate takes on greater urgency when a mentally ill inmate is brutally tortured and murdered by corrections officers in the prison and incident is completely covered up by authorities. (The investigation of the murder of the mentally ill inmate has still not been completed two years later.)

This book leaves you with the uncomfortable knowledge that terrible abuse is probably happening to inmates on a daily basis in badly managed prisons throughout the U.S., especially to inmates suffering from mental illness. If it were not for a few brave souls who are willing to report it, like Mallinckrodt and the inmates themselves, no one would ever know.
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PETITIONS FOR JUSTICE FOR DARREN RAINEY
A Change.org petition with roughly 205,000 signatures demands a federal investigation 

A ForceChange.com petition demands justice for Darren Rainey
"Demand Justice for a Tortured Prisoner"

SAVE HAROLD HEMPSTEAD
Harold Hempstead is the Florida inmate who heard Darren Rainey screaming for help and begging for mercy as he died in the scalding hot shower where he was dragged and locked in by murderous corrections officers. Harold is serving a long prison sentence and is concerned about his safety in the Florida prison system. Retaliation against whistleblowers is common. His brave sister, Windy Hempstead, launched a Change.org petition to improve security for Harold Hemptstead by relocating him to federal custody. 

Read a series of articles about Darren Rainey and the torturous incarceration of other mentally ill inmates in Florida published by The +Miami Herald. 

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Thank you for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.

How can you help? Follow this blog, share this article, listen to the George Mallinckroth shows on January 11 and January 15, and share the links with your social networks. George Mallinckroth experienced retaliation and is no longer a psychotherapist for Florida DOC. Please purchase a couple of his books - one for you and one for a friend or relative. We must support people in law enforcement and corrections who blow the whistle on brutality and murders. 

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after eleven years? Cover-ups regarding the wrongful deaths of mentally ill inmates are common and vile.
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Support the H.R. 3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The U.S. congressional bill provides for crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers and other needed changes.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Debby Sapp pleads "Stop FL Prison Abuse"

RE: John R. Wolf DC#: 131828
Request to protect prisoner from danger
Debby Sapp is the mother of a Florida inmate who suffers from mental illness. She was the guest on "Human Rights Demand" show at Blogtalkradio on January 5, 2015. The show is available for listening 24/7 at
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2015/01/05/debby-sapp-joins-human-rights-for-prisoners-march

Debbie wrote the following letter to urge help from officials, human and civil rights advocates, and all citizens for her son John and all prisoners in Florida Department of Corrections, particularly the mentally ill:

I’m writing in hopes that you can help John R. Wolf stay out of serious and life-threatening situations in Florida prison system. His family believes he deserves release under an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program. Please investigate this and give it your highest priority. We really need an advocate to help us protect him. My son has filed numerous grievances about property theft and inmate abuse at Suwannee and Dade, and guards retaliated against him. With so many mentally ill prisoners in Florida being catastrophically injured and killed, we are fearful for his life and well being.

On April 1, 2013, John was beaten mercilessly by the guards while in handcuffs, and in an unmonitored area of the Suwannee prison. John suffered severe contusions and was given stitches. There’s reportedly a VIDEO of him going into that dark area with the prison guards in good shape, then coming out of that dark area bruised and bleeding (he required multiple stitches on his face). It was eleven days before the prison took pictures of John's injuries, giving bruises time to heal somewhat.

The offending officers claimed they didn’t know he had plates, rods, pins and screws in his neck because it’s “not in his profile”. He’s been treated for all of it, so why isn’t it in his profile? John has documentation proving that even the doctors are reluctant to help because they don’t want to risk exposing a “cover-up” showing that John’s records have been maliciously altered.

And, the guards passed a false rumor to the inmates that he’s a “white supremacist”! But, I can only imagine how that made the mostly black population of the prison feel about him. This put him in an extremely dangerous situation.

THERE IS A WITNESS who was also in confinement during John’s beating and sent a sworn letter to John’s mother, dated 5/21/13, stating that the guards told him that “John is a white supremacist” and that “he should beat him up good”. Ironically, two days after the inmate sent me the letter, he was transferred. Maybe they didn’t want the two of them joining forces? Again, a “cover-up”!

Shortly after that, John attempted suicide at Suwanee and has since been moved to Baker, Charlotte, Dade, Lake CI, back to Butler, then to Columbia CI where he was beaten, then to Jefferson CI, and now in Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando.

John was never a violent offender. He did not commit crimes with a weapon or make threats to anybody, yet he received a sentence worse than some MURDERS! Think about it. I’ve seen some murderers get sentenced for five years or even less. I’ve seen ARMED ROBBERY criminals get sentenced to three years. A husband beat his wife and landed her in a “coma” and was sentenced to 2.5 years! Yet John, who was nonviolent and committed property crimes, received 15 years under a plea deal.

John stole some things while people weren’t home – He wasn’t armed and he didn’t ever threaten anybody. YES , that was wrong, but John was overly sentenced. The way he was being treated in Suwannee was destroying him and could have gotten him killed. Isn’t one of the main goals of prisons to “rehabilitate people” and get them back into the world as properly functioning members of society?

His parents want to fight this, but they can’t afford a lawyer, so they’ve called everybody they can think of, but nobody seems to be willing to help. NOBODY wants to get involved. If they had had the money for a lawyer, John probably would have gotten time behind bars, but DEFINITELY not 15 years! I sincerely believe this was an unjust sentence and that he should be released or his sentence reduced.

Why is everybody in power so afraid of challenging the people who run the prisons? Why do they feel so threatened to entertain the idea of fixing this?

John obediently took the plea and ended up with 15 YEARS, with NO chance of parole! And, we’re not sure that he’ll even come home when his time is up, because the system is so corrupt that we fear they’ll put up infinite roadblocks. That’s one of the reasons he tried to kill himself – He sees no end in sight.

John needs proper mental health care for his bipolar disorder. John was first diagnosed as having mental illness at age 3 while we lived in Delaware. John was a special ed student since age 9. He was admitted to Terry Children's Psychiatric Center because of his aggressive and disruptive behavior. Two years later, John was doing well at school and on weekend visits and was released. Outpatient therapy continued. He did well for a while, then had trouble. He was admitted to Marine Bay Institute. John was in and out of different psychiatric facilities and programs for most of his life. With the help of Rangle Hill Treatment Facility, John was finally stabilized on Lithium and was able to maintain himself without hospitalization for a period of four years. John was even able to be self-sufficient throughout those years. He worked with a lawn care service, and he worked in an entertainment venue at night. Unfortunately, John was falsely accused of a crime and was incarcerated. The charges were eventually dismissed. However, during John's incarceration for six months, he was deprived of his psychiatric medication. This completely destabilized John, and he has never recovered.

Unfortunately, John attempted to self-medicate with illegal drugs and pain medication. Now that he is sober, he is seeing his faults and errors and would like a chance to prove that he can do better. He has said that he wants to help others who are making the same mistakes.

Please respond and give us some direction. We’ve run out of resources. Thank You Very Much for ANY Time and Effort you can put into this! Any help you can give us would be appreciated, and any suggestions would be welcome.

Very Sincerely,
Deborah Sapp (Mother)
MissDeb97@aol.com

Debby Sapp is the mother of a Florida inmate who suffers from mental illness. She was the guest on "Human Rights Demand" show at Blogtalkradio on January 5, 2015. The show is available for listening 24/7 at
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2015/01/05/debby-sapp-joins-human-rights-for-prisoners-march

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Thank you for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after eleven years?


Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Support the H.R. 3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cop Murders: Blame the System


Some blame the president, New York's mayor, the protesters, and even the black men and boys who were murdered by the police and vigilantes. We should blame the broken mental health system for Ismaaiyl Brinsley shooting his girlfriend, two police officers, then himself. Condolences to all grieving families.

Brinsley had been arrested numerous times and was recognized to have mental illness. Tragedies can be avoided when troubled inmates are released only under programs that include mental health treatment. We
 can help New York State prisoners with mental illness get better discharge plans by supporting S7818/ A10071 "The Prisoners Mental Health Discharge and Planning Bill.”

The bill passed the New York State Assembly and Senate, but Gov. Cuomo has to sign it for it to become law. The bill makes sure prisoners with mental illness who are being released are given a discharge plan, an appointment with a community program, and enough medications to last until the appointment. It also adds parole officials to the list of people who can refer someone with a mental illness to a hospital for evaluation. This will help reduce reincarceration, says mental health expert, Dj Jaffe, director of the Mental Illness Policy Organization.


Ismaaiyl Brinsley's face is not the one that should be applied to the nation's righteous protests against police violence. Hundreds of dead men and boys and thousands of nonviolent protesters of all races who stand together and say "All lives matter" should remain the focus of the movement for greater police accountability. 


More than half the victims of police violence are mentally ill people like my brother Larry Neal was when he was secretly arrested for 18 days and murdered while in Shelby County Jail in Memphis, Tennessee (see the website below). Even as we mourn the loss of police officers and hundreds of citizens killed in police-related incidents, Milwaukee alerted the National Guard prior to releasing the indictment decision for another mentally ill man who was slain by police. The Free Thought Project reports "Protests have intensified in Milwaukee as the community anxiously awaits the district attorney’s decision on whether or not to indict a former officer Christopher Manney who shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times, including once in the back, on April 30."  Read more >> http://bit.ly/1AXue7h (See the full link below).



Clearly, unjustifiable deadly force by police is a major problem in the United States that must be exposed and opposed for the sake of the lives that should not have been taken and the continued peace in our society. The appropriate response is not cop killings such as those done by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a mentally ill man. And blaming politicians and community organizers for protests against the lack of police accountability will not resolve the problem. This is the time for our officials over government to take bold, decisive action to protect the lives of everyone who is at risk because of overzealous policing. Suggestions are:

1) All police officers should undergo psychological evaluations, drug testing, and thorough background checks before hiring. Maintain a database on all police officers who were terminated because of inappropriate conduct. Police officers who have been fired because of substantiated complaints by citizens citing harassment and overuse of force should be ineligible for rehire by any other police department or in any capacity that requires the personnel to carry a firearm.

2) Conduct unscheduled drug testing for police departments periodically, and test every officer immediately after his/her involvement in violent incidents. Steroids cause brain damage and aggression, and should be included in the drug tests for police officers.

3) Hold police officers accountable to the same standards that prosecutors would apply to other citizens when they become criminal suspects. Police officers who become criminal defendants should pay for their legal defense using their own personal resources or use public defenders. In no case should police defendants' legal defense fund include taxpayers' funds beyond the monies already appropriated to make public defenders available to defendants who cannot afford an attorney.

4) The U.S. Congress passed a bill requiring an accurate count of all people in America who are killed by police and who die in custody, regardless of the cause of death. The data reported will include the name, age, race, and gender of each victim, and information about the death. Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) holds that an additional category must be whether or not the victim had a documented diagnosis of mental illness and/or history of substance abuse. It has been stated that the database will be used to assess information on race-based killings. The government not only has the responsibility to protect Americans of diverse races but also a responsibility to protect Americans with mental disabilities, which has been largely overlooked. Therefore, the bill for data collection from police departments should be amended to add an entry for mental illness before the president signs it into law.

5) To reduce the violence to and by mentally ill Americans, the nation should immediately fund assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs for all mentally ill inmates or hospital patients before their releases. The U.S. Congress should pass H.R.3717 "Helping Family in Mental Health Crisis Act," which has a pilot program for AOT programs as well as other provisions that would help repair America's broken mental health system.

6) When police kill, should they judge themselves? Gov. Scott Walker (Wisconsin) answered with a resounding "no," signing into law a bill that requires outside investigation when people die in police custody — the first of its kind in the nation. This should become a federal law. (See a link to the news story from Wisconsin below).

In addition to the black boys and men, police also killed numerous black women. Some of their photographs are shown below. 

Immediate measures must be enacted to prevent the United States of America from falling into anarchy. Citizens cannot be expected to tolerate the continued police killings of unarmed people who are black and brown or whites who lack wealth, and the lives of the nations' most vulnerable people (the homeless and the mentally ill) must be protected. Unless the government's aim is Martial Law, changes must be made with haste to ensure that all deaths are met with due process of law - not by government cover-ups, excuses, and ignoring laws against murder if prosecution against police and corrections officers is warranted. No amount of criticism by the police union against protesters, officials, and community organizers will suffice to repair the growing breach between police departments and the citizenry they are paid by taxpayers to protect. 


DEATHS IN CUSTODY MUST BE REPORTED, INDEPENDENTLY INVESTIGATED,
AND PROSECUTED IF WARRANTED



America must fully honor the U.S. Constitution and the International Declaration of Human Rights for the sake of its domestic security. On Sunday, December 21, 2014, "Human Rights Demand" on Blogtalkradio featured an interview with Windy Hempstead, whose brother Harold Hempstead reported the murder of Darren Rainey. Rainey was killed in Dade Correctional Institution in Florida in 2012 (see the link to the show below). Two years later, Rainey's murder by scalding in a small shower had not been investigated, and the corrections officers responsible had not been disciplined in any way. The Hempsteads then took the story about Rainey to the Miami Herald, which reported the news, unlike mainstream media companies I contacted about Larry Neal's murder, which was also ignored by all government authorities. 

Even today, almost three years after Rainey's torturous death, the medical examiner has not filed an autopsy report, and nobody has been charged with Rainey's killing. The jail and USDOJ refuse to release information about Larry Neal's murder eleven years later. Unrequitted murders say "Black lives don't matter," and the public disagrees, as it is their moral duty to do so.

If the U.S. Government is as inept at protecting the human and civil rights of minorities and Americans with mental illness as it appears to be, surely we need help from other countries and the United Nations. Demonstrations against unrequited police violence were held in diverse countries throughout the world when officers involved in the wrongful deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown were not indicted. Brown's family traveled to Geneva to the United Nations and cried out for assistance making the United States honor its obligation to uphold equal justice for all. U.S. protesters also spoke at the United Nations to say "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" and "I Can't Breathe." 

AIMI plans an action in International Court in 2015 to protect the rights of Americans with mental illness. AIMI will bundle up to 100 cases detailing neglect, police brutality, systemic torture in custody (including solitary confinement), and unrequited deaths of mental patients and drug/alcohol addicts as well as their victims. The cases will be represented by an international human rights lawyer in a civil action for recovery of damages for the victims or their survivors. AIMI will also present a list of recommended changes that we hope the United Nations will mandate for its member state, the USA, to prevent more loss of innocent lives and avoid disruption of peace in this country where continued police murders and deaths in custody threaten the entire social structure. See information at the "AIMI - Human Rights" blog at the link below.

Here are a few ways you can help:

1) Please call 518-474-4246 and ask to speak to Larry Schwartz. If the operator asks you what you want, say “I want Governor Cuomo to sign S7818/ A10071 "The Prisoners Mental Health Discharge and Planning Bill.” Your call may be transferred elsewhere. If so, repeat the same message.

2) Ask your U.S. congressional representatives to pass H.R.3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Ac http://www.usa.gov/Agencies.shtml

3) Sign this petition: "We Demand National Change to Protect Citizens and Communities from Police Violence and Misconduct" (it presently has 743,113 signatures).
https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-we-demand-national-change-to-protect-citizens-and-communities-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

4) Sign this petition: "Investigate the 2012 death of Mr. Darren Rainey, a mentally ill Florida prisoner who died after prison guards locked him into a 180-degree shower" (it presently has 204,895 supporters)
https://www.change.org/p/attorney-general-eric-holder-investigate-the-2012-death-of-mr-darren-rainey-a-mentally-ill-florida-prisoner-who-died-after-prison-guards-locked-him-into-a-180-degree-shower


The face of Ismaaiyl Brinsley is not the correct icon for the People's opposition to police violence. Protesters condemn his actions. Brinsley was merely another mentally ill man who lacked the psychiatric treatment that he needed and deserved. In fact, his mental disability leads to the deaths of hundreds of Americans' deaths annually, killed on our streets and in custody. The struggle for police accountability is better depicted by the posters in this blog showing men, women, and children who were killed and thousands of nonviolent protesters in the video and photographs below.

"I still hear my brother crying ‘I can’t breathe’
Now I’m in the struggle and saying 'I can’t leave'
Calling out the violence of these racist police
We ain’t gonna stop till people are free
We ain’t gonna stop till people are free"
This song was sung at a protest march seeking justice for Eric Garner and other victims of police violence, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, December 4, 2014.


Die-in, representing the 4.5 hours Michael Brown's body lay in the Ferguson street and the dead body of Eric Garner on a New York City sidewalk after being choked to death.

Hands Up! Don't Shoot!


AIMI members hope that all government officials follow Gov. Walker's lead and apply corrective measures to overuse of force incidents and deaths in custody that threaten peace in our society. 

Problems are caused by the system which refuses to police the police and acknowledge that all lives matter, not by protesters who cannot breathe in such a system.

Five (5) References:
Grand Jury Refuses to Indict former officer Christopher Manney who shot Dontre Hamilton
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/tensions-rising-national-guard-alert-milwaukee-awaits-indictment-decision-case-dontre-hamilton/


"Human Rights Demand" interview with Windy Hempstead regarding Darren Rainey's Murder
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/12/21/darren-rainey-homicide-exposed-by-harold-and-windy-hempstead

Secret Arrest and Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com/main.html

Protesters sing "I Can't Breathe" on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, December 4, 2014
http://youtu.be/WJMLY0thfOQ

CONDOLENCES to the families and friends of all people whose lives were taken in acts of violence. We solute government officials and protesters who continue to work for positive changes in the system.

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Thank you for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after eleven years?


Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Support the H.R. 3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

No Indictment for Ethan Saylor's Homicide

A Maryland grand jury refused to indict police officers responsible for the death of Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome, who was killed inside a movie theater in January 2013 while wearing police handcuffs. The official cause of death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation. An autopsy revealed that Saylor suffered a fractured throat cartilage, which one expert says could only have been caused by force of some kind. Force could have included a direct blow or manual strangulation.


The Maryland grand jury's refusal to indict Saylor's killers comes on the heels of two other highly contested grand jury decisions regarding the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Eric Garner died as a result of an illegal choke hold, which might have also been used to kill Saylor.

Alternative Media Syndicate.com reports, "Because of Saylor's large size, the officers say they had to use three sets of handcuffs on him and placed him on his stomach for 'one to two minutes' ... Just as in the case of Eric Garner, the police have said that being obese 'contributed' to Saylor’s death, making him 'more susceptible to breathing problems.'"


The lives of mentally dysfunctional Caucasians like Kelly Thomas and Ethan Saylor seem to receive no more protection than do the lives of African Americans. Saylor refused to leave the theater after the conclusion of a movie he was taken to see by his caretaker. When she explained to the theater staff that they did not have the fare to watch "Zero Dark Thirty” a second time, police were called. The fare for most movies is less than $10. Black people, like our mentally ill citizens, are killed for tiny sums. See Kenneth Harding's death by San Francisco police officers who asked him to prove he had paid the $2 train fare. The shooting is on the video below and at http://youtu.be/qE8iLrqWpwA


Thousands of protesters feel that police officers need reminding that black lives matter. The lives of mentally challenged Americans also matter. People in these two groups comprise the overwhelming majority of the nation's police-involved casualties, including avoidable deaths. It is impossible to give an exact count of how many Americans with mental disabilities or African Americans die at the hands of police officers each year, because police seem not to have any reporting responsibilities in that regard. We do know it is a significant number. For instance, seven people were shot dead by police in Florida within eight days in November 2014. Florida would have killed eight, except police missed when shooting at an unarmed African American father who was trying to get his daughter home for her asthma treatment (see the AntiMedia link below). If one citizen per day is killed in all 50 states, the total deaths are 18,250 annually (without counting inmates killed by corrections officers).

It seems that countries that disregard the right to life for mentally challenged people eventually do the same for minorities. More than 300,000 mentally challenged individuals of all races were isolated and killed in Nazi Germany before that nation began its ethnic cleansing and killed millions of Jews and blacks. In the USA, approximately 1.25 million mentally challenged people are isolated in prisons and jails (comprising over 60 percent of inmates in solitary confinement). Deaths of mentally ill Americans are quite common during their imprisonment.

More information about Ethan Saylor case is available at the first two articles below. 
Ethan Saylor's parent's reaction to the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officers who killed their son is in this article:
Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Cops Who Killed Man With Down Syndrome Who Wouldn’t Leave Movie.
http://alternativemediasyndicate.com/2014/12/08/grand-jury-robert-ethan-saylor-no-cop-indictment/
More about Saylor's ordeal in the theater and his final words are at this article:
"Police murder Ethan Saylor, Down Syndrome Victim"
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2013/09/police-murder-ethan-saylor-downs.html

Florida Police Killed Seven People in Eight Days in November 2014
http://theantimedia.org/florida-police-killed-7-people-8-days-november/

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Scott Panetti, TX Cowboy: Execution Dec. 3

One of our Americans with mental disabilities is scheduled to be executed on December 3, 2014. Scott Panetti's sentence should be commuted because he is very sick, plus he had ineffectual counsel - himself.

Does the United States justice system find mental illness entertaining? Do officials over justice consider it funny to kill mentally disabled citizens? Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty shared a video exposing the trial of Scott Panetti, who was charged with murdering his in-laws on September 8, 1992. The court allowed this untreated man who suffered from severe paranoid schizophrenia to conduct his own defense wearing a cowboy outfit and be sentenced to death.

Panetti's father expressed a loss of faith in the justice system after watching his very sick son try to defend himself. He expected Judge Steven Ables to stop the trial when it was obvious how unprepared Panetti was, but Judge Ables allowed the trial to continue to the end. Perhaps Edith Jones is not the only judge in America who believes that a death sentence provides a public service by allowing an inmate to "make peace with God." See the video below and at YouTube link http://youtu.be/0WTn78SIRvc . News and viewpoints are censored regarding how America mistreats its acute mentally ill citizens.

December 3, 2014 UPDATE: The video is embedded below and now available on YouTube at the link, 
http://youtu.be/obBaLvWZ8HE 




The United Nations requests that the United States commute Panetti's sentence based on human decency and the Convention Against Torture. 
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49487

Original text resumes: Panetti's appeals have been denied since he was sentenced to execution. Some judges have disdain for defendants who are mentally ill. The Austin Chronicle reports that Justice Edith Jones, who sits on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – based in New Orleans, its jurisdiction includes Texas – made numerous offensive and biased comments during a February lecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, according to the complaint filed pursuant to the federal Judicial Conduct and Disability Act. She told law students and other attendees that she thought the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling outlawing the death penalty for the mentally retarded did intellectually disabled individuals a disservice, and that to create such an exemption from execution was a "slippery slope," reads the complaint.

"In describing … what Judge Jones said about these cases, I am not able to capture the complete outrage she expressed over the crimes or the disgust she evinced over the defense raised, particularly by the defendants who claimed to be mentally retarded," reads the declaration, filed with the complaint, of veteran Pennsylvania-based death penalty attorney Marc Bookman, who attended the lecture. "Judge Jones's disgust at how these defendants were 'using mental retardation' was very evident and very disconcerting," reads the complaint. Austin Chronicle Report on Judith Jones
http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/news/2013-06-04/judge-edith-jones-blacks-and-hispanics-more-violent/

An excerpt from Yahoo Voices described the Panetti trial: "Dressed in costume like one of the actors in an old Western Movie, with a big brimmed cowboy hat hanging on his shoulders by the strap, plaid shirt, bandanna, fancy cowboy boots, and spurs, Scott Panetti proceeded to defend himself, playing out the role of lawyer. The prevailing judge, Ables allowed his court to be turned into a three ring circus as jurors watched, stunned at what they were seeing and hearing, some fearing the man they watched before them."

An attorney who was called by Panetti as a witness shared his observations, stating: “The courtroom had the atmosphere of a circus. The judge just seemed to let Scott run free with his irrational questions and courtroom antics.”
http://www.internationaljusticeproject.org/illnessSPanetti.cfm

Panetti's ex-wife, whose parents were killed, does not feel that Panetti should die for his crime that resulted from untreated mental illness. And obviously, nobody should defend himself in a capital murder case, especially not a paranoid schizophrenic man dressed as a cowboy. Panetti's trial was an outrageous exercise that has probably provided justice officials many laughs for over 20 years while Scott Panetti awaits the needle on death row in Texas.


Homelessness, prison and death must discontinue being America's answer to acute mental illness. Nobody deserves execution for having a health crisis. 

UPDATE: Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) plans to take the wrongful execution of Scott Panetti (if he is killed) along with the wrongful internment of mentally ill Americans on death row in Texas (including Jeff Wood and Andre Thomas as well as Panetti) before the International Court in 2015. This is an outrage. Visit our website and join conversations on the first weekend of each month about protecting the human rights of mentally ill Americans in International Court at http://AIMI-HumanRights.blogspot.com

Two homeless men were shot to death in Atlanta by an unidentified killer while they slept during Thanksgiving week 2014. Three New Mexico teens were charged with beating homeless people to death in Albuquerque in July 2014. The homeless are not always mentally ill, but people with psychiatric conditions are over-represented among the chronically homeless. Americans should demand that our legal system not act like those sick killers.

This article was first published in the Davis-MacPhail Truth Committee blog at 
http://dmtruth.blogspot.com/2013/08/scott-panetti-ridicule-and-execution.html

You are URGED to fax, email, and tweet Gov. Rick Perry and object at @TexGov. He is a Christian, so please remind him about Psalm 102:19-20, Hebrews 13:3, Matthew 25:31-46, and Proverbs 31:8-9 (KJV). 
https://twitter.com/texgov


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ron Thomas Pokes Fun at Michael Brown's Death


Ron Thomas, the father of police victim Kelly Thomas, is making fun of the murder of Michael Brown on Facebook. I am sure Ron, a former police officer, showed the same lack of human compassion to his dead son, which is probably why Kelly was homeless and left to be murdered as a "useless eater." People who disregard the right to life for minorities generally feel that handicapped people don't deserve to breathe, either. Read the history of Nazi Germany, which started its genocide by killing over 300,000 people with mental and physical disabilities BEFORE starting on Jews and Blacks. The same hatred that killed Kelly Thomas killed Michael Brown. Thank you, La Mesha Irizarry for pointing out Ron Thomas's very insensitive post about Brown wherein he actually made fun of Brown's murder. Thomas showed the video from the store (said to be Mike Brown stealing cigars) and wrote: 

"And heres little "Mikey Brown" as he is leaving the liquor store with his "5 finger discounted" smokes. All 290 pounds of him!"

Upon receiving criticism for his post, Ron Thomas then wrote:

"Because I re-post a publicly released video showing a 290 pound 18 year old robing and assaulting the clerk, I'm a racist.
Good luck with [that] one.
To make it clear, I DON'T LIKE BAD GUYS!
I don't care what the color of their skin is.
I didn't make any comment about the shooting, or the cop that shot him, and yet you can clearly think that I am a racist.
My whole point was (and you are not the only one too blind to see it) that he was not the little angel that so many are trying to make him out to be.
I never said that he should have been shot or anything like that.
You like so many others knew right away that Brown was "Murdered" by a white racist cop.
Share your proof and facts with me so I can also get on the band wagon and burn cars, rob stores, block freeways and major streets without even knowing why I am doing it.
All that I want is some proof that Brown was Murdered by a white racist cop as you think.
Can you give me that?
Anyone, tell me the facts, no making up crap just because you think so, but some facts. "

IS IT A FACT THAT YOUR "BELOVED" SON WAS HOMELESS BECAUSE OF YOUR CALLOUS ATTITUDE ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE SUBSTANTIALLY "DIFFERENT" FROM YOURSELF, RON? ISN'T THAT WHY KELLY THOMAS WAS ABANDONED AND EVENTUALLY KILLED?

Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ron.thomas.357

Neither Michael Brown nor any other unarmed black teenager must prove to be a "little angel" to have a right to life, Ron Thomas. Insinuating that Officer Wilson had a right to kill Brown because of stolen cigars is ridiculous. Whereas you want sympathy for your son's death by police, you imply that police had every right to kill Brown, who was also unarmed and reportedly posed no threat to Wilson. It leads one to wonder how safe people's sons were while you were a police officer.

Luckily, there was a video of Kelly Thomas being beaten to death, but there was no live video of Michael Brown being shot to death. However, many witnesses came forward to assert that Brown was surrendered when he was killed, just as your son was as he begged for his life. It should not be hard for someone who watched his own son die at the hands of six merciless police officers to believe the same thing could have happened to Michael Brown. I remain a supporter of justice for Kelly Thomas, especially now that I understand why he was homeless. 

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