Friday, January 31, 2014

Pennsylvania: "Black Mental Patients 4 Cash"

The world knows about Pennsylvania's "Kids 4 Cash" scandal. This article reveals Pennsylvania's "Mentally Ill Blacks 4 Cash." Americans were deprived of their freedom for prison profits in both cases.

Defendant Terrell Scott's family and the court docket provided the following information:

Terrell Scott has been wrongly incarcerated for almost five years years - indefinitely detained and denied trial because a disreputable middle age white woman, who used Scott as a sex slave from age 17, falsely alleged that Scott molested her young daughters. Crystal Hodgkins (pictured) filed the false charges after Scott filed a complaint against the woman with Child Protective Services. After investigation, all five of her children were removed from her custody (one child died mysteriously before Scott met her). She later apologized to Scott's brother. Crystal explained that she just wanted to retaliate against Scott at the time but later regreted her lies.

Philip D. Lauer, Esq.

In July 2009, Phil Lauer, Esq. demanded a $10,000 legal fee and required the family of Terrell Scott to hire an investigator. Scott's family paid $3,000 to an investigator Lauer recommended who never did any investigations and made no investigative reports on this case. Lauer agreed in July 2009 to represent Scott, then did not enter a notice of appearance on Terrell Scott's case until January 12, 2011, per the criminal docket report. Nevertheless, Lauer had Terrell Scott to sign a waiver to speedy trial in August 2010. On June 2, 2011, Phil Lauer withdrew as Terrell Scott's counsel and filed his withdrawal with the court. Terrell Scott was deemed pro se litigant on the court docket as of June 15, 2011. Subsequently, Lauer apparently filed documents with the court as though Terrell Scott filed them as a pro se litigant. See Terrell Scott's court docket at this url

The defense attorney recently coerced Scott to sign a plea deal wherein this mentally ill young man, whose mother has his power of attorney, agreed to criminalize himself BECAUSE PENNSYLVANIA HAS KEPT HIM INDEFINITELY DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL TO FORCE A PLEA DEAL FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS. Judge Vito ordered there would be NO MORE CONTINUANCES in Terrell Scott's case on December 27, 2010. That is probably why the prosecutor defrauded the court by claiming falsely that Terrell Scott was unavailable for trial. Northampton County Assistant D.A. Patricia Broscius claimed that Scott was in a mental hospital while he was really in prison. She apparently sought to avoid trial because the state cannot prove its case and never even had an arrest warrant for Scott. Hear "Enslavement and Genocide of Africans and Indigenous Peoples" Blogtalkradio show dated January 31, 2014, below:

Taxpayers have probably already paid a million dollars to keep Terrell Scott jailed and hospitalized for crimes that never happened. He was apparently railroaded by officers of the court who conspired against Scott to force a plea deal on what they must know were false charges. The conspiracy would not have been possible without defense attorney Phil Lauer, a man who was actually Scott's attorney of record for only five months of this ordeal, according to the docket.

Since incarceration, Scott lost his hearing in one ear and his eyesight in one eye during beatings by inmates. Child molestation is a horrendous charge that led to Scott's brutal treatment behind bars. He has been raped. He tried to commit suicide after an HIV-infected inmate spat in his eye. Scott also had to clean HIV-infected blood and urine off his cell floor from his cellmate's overfilled colostomy bag. When Scott's family turned to Lauer for help, his response was, "Nobody said prison is a picnic." He did nothing to enhance security for Scott. Scott's family did not know Lauer was not even Scott's attorney on the record. They found out about that fraud this week.

On January 31, 2014, Lauer plans to walk into court and file a plea deal that he finally managed to coerce from Terrell Scott. A mentally ill man who was held hostage by the State of Pennsylvania for nearly five years, brutally beaten and raped, exposed to HIV, and tortured in solitary confinement periodically has finally capitulated and admitted guilt for crimes that never even happened. If such torture continues to reap such favorable rewards, innocent people held on false criminal charges may be waterboarded next. Congratulations, prison investors.

Terrell Scott's court docket now shows court scheduled for February 3, 2014. As usual, that is not true. Court in this case is scheduled to convene on January 31, 2014.

How many more people in Pennsylvania and throughout America are being held in indefinite detention with their Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights denied? Philistines, scribes and Pharisees have no morals whatsoever. They continue to sell this country out and take unfair advantage of Americans, beginning with minorities and poor people of every race. When will Americans lay aside racial prejudice and stop believing lies they are fed by the government-controlled media? When will Americans protect children, the disabled, and elderly people in our villages? When will Americans resist oppression?

1) Call the media and let journalists know you object to Terrell Scott and other Americans being held indefinitely without trials unless defendants agree to sign plea deals admitting guilt.
Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, or tweet @VinceLattanzio on Twitter. He recently published an article about corruption being punished in Pennsylvania: "Pa. Lawmaker Charged With Corruption Scheme to Secretly Pay Sister: DA" 

2) Call Assistant D.A. Patricia Broscius and ask if she knows former Texas judge Ken Anderson, who was disbarred and arrested for railroading Michael Morton into prison despite having knowledge of Morton's innocence. Ask Mulqueen if defrauding the court by saying Scott was hospitalized and unavailable for trial was done because she had no reasonable expectation of prevailing in court. Phone 610-559-3032

3) Call Philip D. Lauer, Esq. and ask if he increased his malpractice insurance coverage in view of his documented misconduct throughout the Scott case. Phone: (610) 258-5329 | Fax: 610-258-0155

4) Share this article to inform others and solicit their help to free an innocent American.

5) Please sign Terrell's petition at "Justice and Freedom for Terrell Scott"

Then call officers of the court who colluded to indefinitely detain Shannon Nyamodi in Franklin County, North Carolina. Ask Shannon's attorney, prosecutor, and the media the same questions about his false arrest. Shannon, 19, has been held without trial for over 16 months on charges the district attorney cannot defend in court. The defendant is presently prevented from seeing visitors or speaking on the phone in order to force him to plea bargain. Google "Shannon Nyamodi: Good Samaritan Imprisoned."

The righteous is concerned with justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. ~Holy Bible.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Thank you for helping to give ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL. The next article in DogJustice blog is "Rep. Murphy: Mental Health System Embarrassing, Immoral" at this url:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rep. Murphy: Mental Health System Embarrassing, Immoral

Rep. Murphy describes mental health system as 
an immoral embarrassment on the nation.

Rep. Tim Murphy was a practicing psychologist before running for public office. He has served in the U.S. Congress as Pennsylvania's representative from the 18th congressional district since 2003. Rep. Murphy understands mental illness and the failures of the mental health care system. In December 2012, he introduced H.R.3717 - "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." He discussed the bill in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, which is featured in the embedded video below

"Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013" is the most important mental health care bill pending before Congress. It was introduced by Rep. Murphy on December 12, 2013. The bill provides, among other things, inpatient psychiatric treatment using Medicaid. The bill presently has 31 co-sponsors, including Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX). Rep. Johnson introduced H.R.619 in 2009 to resume Medicaid for psychiatric inpatients, but her bill received zero attention from mainstream media, and this advocate's attempts to publish information about it were censored.

Of the 31 congresspersons who co-sponsored H.R.3717 so far, only 3 are Democrats. I would like an explanation. The current system of leaving mental illness untreated until a disaster happens is unfair to acute psychiatric patients and to taxpayers. H.R.3717 offers to help to families in mental health crisis by providing for inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment with Medicaid funding, crisis intervention training for police officers, and assisted outpatient treatment programs, which proved to reduce homelessness, prison, and hospitalization by up to 95% among program participants. 

It is time for representatives with prison investments, whether Democrats or Republicans, to stop withholding psychiatric care in order to keep mentally ill Americans trapped in the criminal justice system. That is over. Americans demand real help for acute mental patients, and the world is watching America to see if she will practice what she preaches about human rights or if she will continue to put mercenary interests of the wealthy prison investors above the needs of her sick citizens at a tremendous burden to taxpayers. The cost of the prison industrial complex is over $75 billion per year. 

Some advocates loudly protest provisions for enforced psychiatric treatment, but they are completely silent about enforced treatment to get mentally ill defendants trial-ready to face judges and juries for crimes that might not have happened if treatment had never been withheld. Do not be attentive to their protests for patients' rights. Mentally challenged people have an overriding right to treatment whether or not they have the wherewithal to request or willingly accept psychiatric care.

Learn more about H.R.3717, and ask your congresspersons to co-sponsor this important health care bill that will help avoid crises for people with acute mental diseases, increase safety for them, their families and communities, and reduce homelessness and mass incarceration among America's most vulnerable citizens.

"New Bill Decreases Mental Health Funding, but Increases Mental Illness Funding," by D.J.Jaffe

H.R.3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013" (read the summary)

Thank you, Rep. Tim Murphy and co-sponsors, for your Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill and those at greater risk for incarceration or death-by-police due to a common, treatable health condition.

MaryLovesJustice Neal, Director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sixth Amendment Nullified for Terrell Scott

The following information and documents were provided by the family of Scott Terrell, a mentally ill inmate in Pennsylvania. Plea deals are often used to deny trials to innocent Americans, particularly defendants who cannot afford a good defense and defendants who paid for a good lawyer but wound up with a prison investor.

Holly Alston, a battered wife with multiple sclerosis, watched helplessly from her bed the night her former husband evicted her eldest son, Terrell Scott. Scott had dared to ask his stepfather to stop abusing his mother. When Holly was strong enough to end her disastrous marriage, she started paying regular visits to her son. After living homeless for several months, Terrell had been taken in by Crystal, a Caucasian woman supposedly in her 40s. He lived with her and her five children for the next four years, after agreeing to have sex with Crystal, take care of her house and children, work and give Crystal his paycheck. At age 17, Terrell Scott, a shy, mentally ill youth, had become Crystal's sex slave. When Scott's mother was able to rescue her son from Crystal's home, he refused to abandon the children that he had spent four years trying to protect. But at Crystal's word, the State of Pennsylvania has put Scott through more torture than Scott saved Crystal's children from experiencing. Holly Alston shared the post below on a social network:

Terrell Scott saved Crystal's five children from negligence, abuse, and possibly death, like Crystal's child who perished mysteriously before Scott met the family. He reported the children's endangered status to Child Protective Services in Pennsylvania. The baby was infected from wearing re-used disposable diapers. The children risked food poisoning from being fed rice with bugs crawling through. Two girls, ages 10 and 12, were used as prostitutes whenever Chrystal's money ran low. Scott's allegations were investigated and found to be true. All five children were removed from Crystal's care. The enraged mother retaliated against Scott by falsely alleging to police that Scott had sexually molested the children he had actually saved.

A white woman's lies have more strength in America than a black man's denials, even if he has a clean criminal background and honest lifestyle, no matter how disreputable the white woman is. Scott was arrested on Crystal's false allegations during an election year, and he was crucified in the press, which helped justice officials' careers. Because Pennsylvania has absolutely no proof for the criminal charges against Scott, he has been imprisoned nearly five years without a trial. The conspiracy to hold Scott indefinitely without trial involves a devious defense attorney, a prosecutor and a judge - the deadly trio.

How do officers of the court keep an innocent American imprisoned without trial for nearly five years? It is apparently done in part by tricking the mentally ill man into signing a waiver to speedy trial, then lying on court records. Phil Lauer, pictured, is Scott's defense attorney. This man, who Scott's family paid $10,000 for Scott's defense, induced Scott to sign a waiver to speedy trial when he was initially arrested. According to Scott's family, the lawyer ignored Scott and worked against his interests, but the attorney will not accept being fired, and neither will the court accept the devious attorney's termination. Until Holly Alston appeared as a guest on "Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill" radio shows at Blogtalkradio, Scott's attorney allegedly ignored Scott for 4.5 years and only visited his client twice since signing contract to defend him. However, after Scott's indefinite detention without trial became public, the defense attorney visited Scott numerous times, offering him a plea deal to forego trial - a trial that was wrongly withheld because the state has no case. In fact, the State did not even have an arrest warrant for Scott.
Phil Lauer - 701 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 258-5329 Fax: 610-258-0155

Last week, Phil Lauer again induced the mentally ill youth to sign something without approval by Scott's mother, who has his power of attorney. Scott told his mom, "They're never going to give me a trial, Mom, but Mr. Lauer said if I would only sign the papers, I could get out of jail." So once again, Scott has signed something. Scott, who was declared to be incompetent to stand trial every time a trial date was available for his case, was nevertheless found to be competent to sign a plea deal whereon he wrote, "I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS. I AM MENTALLY ILL."

Below is a pdf of Terrell Scott's Court Docket, pages 20-21, that indicate Attorney Lauer asking for a continuance when Scott could have had a court date. The prosecutor lied and said Scott was unavailable for trial because he was in a mental hospital when the case should have gone to trial, although he was not. Scott was in prison.  The problem is that Scott refused to sign a plea deal and misrepresent himself. He refused to compromise on his innocence and chose to await a day in court - a day that never came.

Scott did not understand what he was doing when he signed the waiver produced by his attorney years ago, and he has asked for a trial repeatedly since. He tells his mother, "I'm innocent, Mom. I want to go to court and prove it." But Scott may never have a trial. The torture he has endured since incarceration makes him an expensive risk should he be allowed to prove his innocence at this late date. Scott has been beaten so violently during his wrongful imprisonment that he is deaf in one ear and blind in one eye. He was exposed to HIV when he had to clean blood and urine of his cell's floor without latex gloves or any other protection whenever his cellmate's colostomy bag overfilled. He has been confined in solitary confinement and refused the simple comfort of a human voice and touch. Scott has been tortured, taunted, lied to, spat upon with HIV-infected saliva, and threatened that he will NEVER exit prison if he does not sign a plea deal and lie on himself.

The injustices Scott has suffered since saving five children from negligence and abuse have been so horrendous that deception, threats, and lies on public records are used to prevent Scott from going to trial to defend himself against Crystal's false allegations - lies which Crystal already apologized to Scott's brother for telling police in order to retaliate against Scott after the state rescued her children were from her custody.

See below the "Application for Continuance and Waiver of Rule 600 - Right to a Speedy Trial," which everybody signed except Terrell Scott.

Should mentally ill people be imprisoned indefinitely and refused the opportunity to defend themselves against false allegations? It is easy to deny justice to innocent mentally ill people. All prison investors need to do is claim they are incompetent to stand trial unless they agree to sign a plea deal. The moment innocent mentally ill people agree to sign a plea deal that relieves the prosecution of proving criminal charges in court, then PRESTO, they are are declared competent! See an excerpt from a June 2012 article by Riley Yates, of The Morning Call:

Under the state's Mental Health Procedures Act, the prosecution of incompetent defendants must be stayed "so long as such incapacity persists." But many defendants can gain competency with treatment or training, even if that takes months or years at an institution.

Scott's lawyer, Philip Lauer, said his client isn't getting better, despite many efforts. Lauer wants Judge Leonard Zito to order Scott to be released from Northampton County Prison and sent to a secure facility for persistent mental illness, such as Wernersville State Hospital in Berks County.

"Nothing good can be happening to Terrell when he is sitting in county prison, and there are facilities where he could be treated," Lauer said.

Assistant District Attorney Patricia Broscius acknowledged jail isn't where Scott needs to be, but said the many mental health evaluations he's undergone say he could one day become competent. She suggested that Scott should go to the state forensic hospital at Norristown, where defendants in criminal cases are often sent to see if they can gain competency.

Phil Lauer finally got his 20-page plea deal signed. Terrell and his family are not quite sure what the mentally ill young man was induced to sign. As Terrell wrote on the document, "I'm mentally ill. I don't understand this." Whatever deals Lauer and D.A. Broscius made after nearly five years of torturous imprisonment of an innocent mentally ill black man will be revealed January 31, 2014, when Terrell Scott will be sentenced for his crime: Being black and mentally ill in America.

The Terrell Scott case demonstrates what is worst about America's criminal justice system:
~ Arrest a black mentally ill youth without an arrest warrant, on the word of a disreputable white woman
~ Accuse him of vile crimes without any intention of defending the allegations in court
~ Trick the mentally ill man into signing away his right to a speedy trial
~ Hold him indefinitely under oppressive, torturous prison conditions, including beatings and HIV exposure
~ Tell him he will NEVER get out of prison unless he agrees to a plea deal that requires him to lie
~ Falsify court records about the inmate's whereabouts and competency until the plea deal is signed

Pennsylvania has been proved guilty of some horrible crimes against humanity in recent years, such as the "Kids for Cash" scandal by juvenile court justices and the Penn State debacle, a pedophilia sex ring. The Terrell Scott case is one of Pennsylvania's worst but certainly not the first example of the state's penchant for taking unfair advantage of people who are young and helpless. It is especially shameful is that five years of trauma happened to Terrell Scott while he was denied help from NAMI, ACLU, the NAACP, or any other civil rights/human rights organization to which his family turned for assistance. But being the sister of a black mentally ill heart patient who was murdered under secret arrest (a police kidnapping) and denied accountability in these United States of America for ten years, I am not surprised. Denial of due process of law to the mentally ill is usual and ordinary in a country that treats such people like they are "useless eaters" (see "Wrongful Death of Larry Neal").

The main problem is that Crystal Hodgkins is an elderly Caucasian woman who made Terrell Scott, a homeless teenager, her live-in sex toy in a country that is so racially prejudice that an entire community of black people were bombed and their property stolen simply because a black man touched a white woman when their elevator lurched. See an eight-video documentary about the Tulsa, Oklahoma riot of 1921 at YouTube (the url is below). A man wrote to me on a social network and implied that Terrell Scott deserved to be raped, beaten, deprived of hearing in one ear and blinded in one eye, spat upon by an HIV cellmate in his open eye, and held indefinitely without trial because he had lived with a white woman.

Holly Alston filed a Petition for Emergency Writ of Mandamus with the court, objecting to her son's plea deal that requires Terrell to pay $25,000 in fines and spend 20 years on the sex offender list - written by his own attorney, Lauer. To require Terrell, who is now blind in one eye, partially deaf, and severely traumatized from being raped, beaten, and isolated in prison, to pay $25,000 in fines is a set-up to arrest him in the future. Furthermore, Terrell would again be homeless. Holly Alston has a ten-year-old son and lives very close to schools, so Terrell would be violating probation to live with his family. Terrell Scott needs and deserves an opportunity to clear his name, as provided in the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.

See articles and hear radio interviews with Holly Alston and Terrell Scott's brothers at these urls:

January 28, 2014 Update on Terrell Scott Case by Holly Alston

Terrell Scott - Teen Sex Slave Wrongly Arrested in PA

Terrell Scott and Shannon Nyamodi: Forcing a Plea

Indefinite Detention for Race Mixing

Facebook Support for Terrell Scott - Colorlines

Prisoner Named Terrell Scott Needs Assistance from the Public

Black Wall Street - The Tulsa Race Riot - 1/8

MaryLovesJustice Neal
Director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill


In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

The Mentally Ill Deserve Dog Justice

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Robin Yeamans: Family Law and Human Rights

It is a Legal Victory when accomplished attorneys such as Robin Yeamans care about justice for our homeless and mentally ill people and donate time to ensuring their welfare. Yeamans discussed why she donates time to help the mentally ill homeless on our "Human Rights for Prisoners March" Blogtalkradio show on Jan. 6, 2014. Hear her speak at the url below. We hope she inspires more attorneys to volunteer.

While doing cases involving juveniles who have been abused, child custody, sexual abuse and/or domestic violence, Robin has managed over the years to remain caring yet professional, with an attitude like the best of medical emergency room personnel. It is this combination of legal skill and professional commitment that places Robin at the top of her profession. Please read the full article about her at this url to "Legal Victories" blog:
Robin Yeamans: Family Law Attorney, Human Rights Advocate

MaryLovesJustice Neal
Dog Justice for Mentally Ill

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Federal Action for Kelly Thomas Murder

Fullerton County, CA officers were found NOT GUILTY in the Kelly Thomas beating death. LA Times reports: "An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty. Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later." Mentally ill people in America apparently have no protected right to life.

The Kelly Thomas verdict was discussed on January 13, 2014, on the "Human Rights for Prisoners March" radio show at 9pm Pacific - call-in (818)572.2947. Listen on your PC The tape will be archived at BlogTalkRadio. Kelly Thomas's beating is recorded on this RT video, embedded below:

We at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill stand for equal justice for ALL, including the mentally ill. There are no disposable people. Kelly Thomas was a human being. He had the right to life. We implore the U.S. Government to do as it did when police officers who beat Rodney King were released after a not guilty jury verdict although it was clear on the film that police officers abused their power. Kelly Thomas's murder was a HATE CRIME perpetuated because he was mentally ill and homeless. Justice for his death obviously requires federal intervention.

Hate crime is a category used to describe bias-motivated violence: "assault, injury, and murder on the basis of certain personal characteristics: different appearance, different color, different nationality, different language, different religion." (Wikipedia)

Pool of blood left at the scene where Kelly Thomas was beaten 

Over 50 percent of the police violence incidents in the United States involve mentally ill victims. Police violence against the mentally ill has reached epidemic proportions. The mentally ill are targeted because they are DIFFERENT from other people. They are a special class who have certain personal characteristics. The mentally ill require and deserve protection as American citizens and foreign nationals on American soil.

The definition of "citizen" is as follows: "One who through birth or naturalization owes loyalty to a country and is entitled to protection by the country." Mentally ill people of all races and ages in the United States must be protected. Assaults and murders against them must not go unpunished. We hereby request federal action against the police officers who killed Kelly Thomas. The video posted by Russian Times embedded below is called "Police beat a mentally ill homeless man to death." How a jury could look at this video and come to any other conclusion is beyond comprehension.

LA Times reports: Ron Thomas, Kelly's father and a former deputy himself, said he hoped that the U.S. Justice Department would file federal charges against the officers. The FBI had been investigating and monitoring the case . . . Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles field office, said the agency opened a civil rights investigation into the case in 2011. Now that the state court trial has concluded, she said, "investigators will examine the evidence and testimony to determine if further investigation is warranted at the federal level."

Justice in the beating death of Kelly Thomas requires federal action, as happened when Rodney King's beating was also captured on tape. See Rodney King's beating ~ The officers involved faced federal criminal charges after winning a not guilty jury verdict. On August 4, 1992, a Federal grand jury after hearing evidence from federal prosecutors, indicted four officers on charges of violating Rodney King's civil rights. The four men (who had won acquittals in State court) were put on trial on February 25, 1993, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. On April 16, 1993, the trial ended with two of the police officers (Koon and Powell) found guilty and subsequently imprisoned. The other two officers (Wind and Briseno) were acquitted (Wikipedia).

Please demand federal action for Kelly Thomas in response to the police officers' hate crime against this mentally ill, homeless man. A federal action that results in a guilty verdict might help bring closure to Thomas's family and save other mentally ill people in the United States.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer,0,5661959.story#ixzz2qOhK28D3
Two former officers found not guilty in death of Kelly Thomas,0,6482344.story#ixzz2qOhXUvKU
Wikipedia - Rodney King Beating

Mary Neal, director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI)
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Empathy to the Deeds During First Holiday Without Gus

Our Condolences to the Deeds Family on the avoidable death of your son, 
Austin "Gus" Deeds

This was your first Christmas and New Year holiday season without Gus. I know it was difficult for you. I thought about you on Christmas morning. I prayed for all the families who suffer as we do - so unnecessarily. Many avoidable deaths of the mentally ill happened in 2013. Some were suicides, others were police killings, and some were caused by negligence. I think of the homeless, mentally ill people who likely died in the winter storm that just happened. 

I wrote a poem about the empty chairs at our holiday tables. It is shared below. As of 2013, the poem below is also your experience, Deeds family. You are in government, yet you were lied to about there being no bed space at nearby hospitals for Gus. Do not be surprised to find later, especially if you decide to sue, that a cover-up ensues.  I empathize with your pain.


There is an empty chair at our Christmas table
That was yours to fill
It’s been six long years since you left us
And we don’t know why – still

We’ve asked year after year
But no one will answer our query
Why was he arrested – why did he die
Please tell us what happened to Larry

"No explanation! No records! Stop asking!"
This is the official reply
From all the government offices
“He’s dead – let sleeping dogs lie"

But we’ll not give up, my brother
Until we know what is true
There’s an empty chair at our Christmas table
That should have been filled by you

We'll have dinner together again some day
At the Lamb’s great Wedding Feast
You’ll have a sound heart and clear mind
No longer last and least

Until then we’ll help those like you
Befuddled, confused, afraid
In jail for mental illness
May our commitment never fade!

by Mary Neal 
written 12/2006, published 12/2007 (all rights reserved)

Prosecuting Innocent Black Mental Patients



See an excerpt from The Black Agenda Report:

On September 14, 2013, in New York City, a mentally ill man, Glenn Broadnax, walked into vehicular traffic in Times Square. There are laws against this behavior and rightly so. Unfortunately officers of the New York City police department, trained to be trigger happy, fired at Broadnax, claiming that they thought he had a gun. Broadnax was brought down with a police taser but New York’s so-called finest also shot and injured two innocent bystanders in their efforts to subdue him. [Murder-by-police for jaywalking?]

Now Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., has chosen to prosecute Broadnax for assaulting the two victims who were in fact shot by the police. Broadnax has a history of mental illness and put himself in danger more than he did anyone else. He was originally charged with menacing, drug possession and resisting arrest. Prosecuting him lets the police off the hook and aids the city of New York in defense against law suits, but a man guilty of not taking his prescribed medication is facing the possibility of up to 25 years in prison because of an act carried out by other people.

“The punishments are becoming more cruel and indefensible.”

This is a case where a black mental patient is being prosecuted for NOT standing still and being executed for jaywalking. It seems that Glenn Broadnax has more sense than police and prosecutors.

"Don't blame police for shooting up Time Square. Blame the jaywalker they were trying to kill. He dodged their bullets!" Cyrus Vance will tell the jury - or will he? It has come to our attention that black mental patients are thrown in jail on criminal charges that cannot be proved, then forced into plea deals they haven't the wherewithal to understand. That way the prison system gets new commodities, and people are jailed without trials. 

Each inmate jailed in New York costs taxpayers $168,000 per year to incarcerate. New Yorkers will pay dearly, if the district attorney has his way, because Glenn Broadnax did not stand still and accept being murdered for jaywalking.

Read the full Black Agenda Report article at this url:
"Freedom Rider Prosecuting Black Victims"

City’s Annual Cost Per Inmate Is $168,000, Study [by Vera Institute of Justice] Finds

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