Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings to Collaborate on Community Party Fire Safety Ordinance/A Prison Nurse’s Look at Sandra Bland’s Death

This column appears in the August 13 – 20 edition of the Hartford News…

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Copblock.org reported on a mentally ill man who died last week after being Tased by a Hartford Police officer and receiving a sedative from EMS workers, the sond death of this type in less than five months and the second time in less than three months that an HPD officer has used force against an individual suffering a mental health crisis. “A Hartford, Connecticut man is dead after an officer used a taser on him and EMS personnel forcibly sedated him when he grew combative during a medical disturbance call, police say. According to state police, Hartford police and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the home of 26-year-old Matthew Russo at around 8:30 p.m. on Friday.” You can read the full report from Copblock here. http://www.copblock.org/135693/man-dies-drugged-tased-medical-disturbance-call/ The Courant reported on Monday that autopsy results are still pending. Michael Werblow, age 41, died in March after being Tased by a Branford police officer. Tyrinde Mason Thompson, 22, was shot by an HPD officer in June; Thompson survived the shooting.

Mary Sanders attended a Hartford City Council meeting on Monday where she and other local activists, including JoAnne Bauer and Debra Cohen, spoke about several issues of interest to the Community Party: body cameras for HPD officers, crisis de-escalation training for HPD cops responding to calls involving mentally ill individuals and people in crisis, equipping apartment buildings in the city with security bars that have safety releases so residents can escape in the event of a fire, CP’s New Deal 2015 job creation initiative, and the city’s failure to comply with our Freedom of Information Act requests for data on traffic tickets issued by the HPD in 2014, and a list of HPD officers with multiple sustained civilian complaints against them. We received an email from the city claiming that no such list exists; this is contradicted by a source who notified us about the existence of the list. Mary reported back on the outcome.

“Meeting went well with 4 or 5 people speaking on our agenda items. Council informed us that they have recently approved the purchase of cameras but are still trying to negotiate with the police union. I suggested they tell the officers they were going to have to start paying for their own professional liability insurance as an added incentive. After the meeting Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings’ aide came over and told me to write up the language for the safety releases and she would present it. I also mentioned the words, ‘multiple violations for dozens of cops, citizens’ review board, and Freedom of Information’ as well as the fact that all these jobs that need to be created will assist city men & women to get the type of jobs that MDC and others keep out of their reach.”

Monday Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a law written by Public Health Committee Co-Chair Rep. Matt Ritter and former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville. The law prohibits police officers from travelling outside their jurisdiction to enforce local ordinances. Glanville, a West End resident, made national headlines after he reported that he was racially profiled in his own driveway by a West Hartford police officer, who used the pretext of a town ordinance against soliciting without a permit. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/
Rep. Ritter issued the following statement to CP: “This law holds personal significance for me and I am sure for many others in the Hartford community. I introduced this legislation after receiving an email from my neighbor Tiffany Glanville last winter. Tiffany’s husband, Doug, was improperly questioned on his own property by a police officer from a neighboring town. I want to thank Doug Glanville for his vigilance and advocacy on this issue. His story gave birth to this important legislation that will lead to fewer avoidable police exchanges by allowing municipal violations to be addressed by officers from that municipality. I am grateful for the bipartisan support this legislation has received.”

Free Thought Project reported on the number of police killings in the United States, compared to other countries. The results will shock you, or maybe they won’t… Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-killed-8-hours-2015-early-graves-day/#UVTuZsSlm7u13WER.99

TELL TEXAS DPS TO RELEASE THE SECOND SANDRA BLAND DASH CAM VIDEO! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/action-alert-tell-texas-dps-to-release-this-sandra-bland-dash-cam-video/

Check out our No Sellout blog for an excellent piece by Chris King of the St. Louis American on the one-year anniversary of the lynching of Mike Brown.
https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/harris-stowe-forum-looks-at-ferguson-from-varying-black-perspectives/

Visit my Facebook page for updates and commentary on the Christian Taylor police shooting in Arlington, Texas. Page info at the end of this column.

This week we’ll share commentary from a former prison nurse who believes that Sandra Bland was murdered.

By Paul Spector RN, EMT-P, CPT. U.S. ARMY Ret.

I worked as an RN in a California State Prison where staged “suicides” occurred regularly. I fought for my patients, know how the cover-up works and have some insights. In 2012, I was hit by a truck, so this paper is done with a lot of help, individuals risking jobs and lives.

Behind badges and Rank, Sociopaths lurk in American prisons. Cameras are their enemy.
With scant information, some of our conclusions will be proven wrong. As more is known, we feel there will be more lies, inconsistencies and abuse uncovered. With more data will come more clarity, but the Code of Silence must be penetrated.

Prison deaths from mistreatment are mislabeled “suicide”, allowing continued abuse and avoiding lawsuits. I’ve spent 8 years trying to stop the practice that killed Sandra Bland. Sandra’s capture, abuse and lynching is a hate crime. Usually the facts are buried with the bodies, thousands of bodies, but this is Sandra Bland, Star of Sandy Speaks.

In prison, infliction of mental and physical agony on helpless captives provides sexual pleasure to sick individuals. No penetration is needed, violent predators value power and control more. Sandra’s treatment, particularly isolation, are techniques found in CIA prisons and Guantanamo Bay. They are unbearable and leave no marks. The UN calls it torture.

A big sociopathic thrill is causing the victim so much pain they kill themselves. At my prison, CMC, a sociopath’s playground, practiced professionals using drug overdoses combined with agony in a setting of strict isolation and neglect were used to induced “suicide”. Often the target is provided with a sharp object or a plastic bag. It’s still not suicide. Sometimes though, it’s a murder made to look like suicide.

From the beginning, your driving is fine. Officer Encinia, spots you and does a U turn. Driving his cruiser aggressively, you pull over, unaware he is a predator. His act is for the camera, smoothly creating and escalating a confrontation to disguise your kidnapping as an arrest. He plans to assault you, this is about power and control, not your driving or your cigarette.

Using threats and a weapon Sandra is forced from her car. Everything that follows is for the entertainment of her abductors and has nothing to do with lawful detention whatsoever. After stealing your phone and removing you from camera range the coward attacks. Wearing a sheet, he might be OK with video but he needed the uniform to trick Sandra into surrendering.

The attack is vicious. Serious pain from metal cuffs and a wrist twist forces her to pull away, a practiced technique, part of a take-down. Following you to the ground, straddling you with knee on your spine and neck is the stuff of bondage and humiliation pornography, as is his screaming at you to stop fighting as he inflicts the worst pain of your life.

This sick scenario is experienced primarily by sexual assault victims. I’ve treated these injuries in ER’s, they are consistent with gang rape. Like Sandra, not all such victims survive. Totally inappropriate here of course. Even without penetration, this is a savage, ultimately fatal, sexual assault.

He enslaves your body but not your spirit. That’s why he pounded your head into the ground. When terror and agony couldn’t break you, he went after your mind. A smart, strong Black Woman had no place in his world so he tried to kill you. He was afraid you would Speak.

Others joined in assaulting you off-camera, trusting the “code of silence” to protect them. You now need an ambulance. As an ER nurse and a paramedic, I’m angry your request is denied. Confused and injured, your booking photo reflects trauma, both physical and psychological.

Isolation is used in N. Korea to break POW’s. Victims like Michelle Knight say it’s worse than the beatings, rapes, and starvation. It causes brain damage. Forcing Sandra to endure this additional torture was as cruel and unusual a punishment as can be imagined. It was, in fact, a death sentence, no trial needed.

My patients were regularly poisoned with Gabapentin and other drugs. Your THC ingestion in jail is poisoning too, even if you took it willingly. Cavity searched, you take nothing in and eat what they give you or be force fed. Pot didn’t contribute to your death but may have made you easier to kill and pin your death on drugs. Blaming pot for your death indicates desperation.

The plastic bag, one of the few items in your cell, is too convenient and is not supposed to be there. Deadly as a gun or knife, don’t be fooled or misled, it’s not incompetence, not a mistake, it’s a weapon. It’s there for a reason. Everyone working in prison knows this. Suicided for a traffic ticket! This SCREAMS setup.

3 days and your wounds are still filled with dirt, infected. No TD shot? Pain or fever meds? Antibiotics? Neosporin? Ice? X-rays for your wrist’s, arm, shoulder, ribs and neck? A band-aid? Lab work? A CT after the bad man, happy you had epilepsy, pounded your head into the ground? Ariel Castro took better care of his victims, as, sadly, did most slave owners.

The intake forms with questions on depression, suicide. Who filled them out? It should have been done with medical staff, but they would have treated your wounds, seen you were too traumatized to sign, corrected discrepancies, set up 15 minute checks, a suicide watch and seizure precautions at the very least. Ignoring dozens of cuts? There is no possible excuse, this paperwork reflects not just incompetence but intentional deceit.

In death, your body appears to be dehydrated, probably from neglect, fever, and internal injuries. Video shows guards drinking bottled spring water in front of you! At CMC disabling the sink to force victims to use the toilet for drinking induced dehydration. Using physical and psychological abuse, they sickened and tortured you beyond human understanding.

Fellow prisoners were prevented from cleaning your wounds or God forbid, comforting you. Exchanging your pretty dress for ugly “pepto pink”, Officer Encinia gave your broken body to his co-workers, lying in his report. He doesn’t want you to Speak. Not ever.

An unbroken chain of cruelty striped you, a Champion of Freedom, of all Freedom. From smoking a cigarette to breathing air, no life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness for you. To these uncaring monsters it’s a fun sport, a prison lynching they fully expect to get away with.

Nothing to do with a traffic ticket or cowardly Officer Encinas’s “injuries”, these are the actions of sociopaths and racists. Armed, violent predators using badges as a weapon. Events during and after your killing are the result of planning. It is even possible you were targeted before the phony traffic stop as Officers can track plates.

Locking you in a room with a dead phone and a garbage bag was intentional. Effective in separating you from your loved ones and rescue. The nonworking phone also justifies taking you to other locations, supposedly out of “kindness” but it’s a ruse. If you were removed from camera view, I suspect the worst.

At CMC this would mean humiliation and “phone book” therapy – beatings with objects that leave no mark. Waterboarding and other airway obstruction techniques, like suffocation with a plastic bag are popular and also leave no marks. The rule is keep silent or it will happen again.

In California, Doctors incorrectly certifying “suicides” are paid by the State, Texas seems no different. The organization responsible for the racist Sheriff, Officer Encinia and the incredibly negligent prison staff is given every opportunity to do a through, professional job of tampering with the evidence.

The fact your body did not show signs of a violent struggle is meaningless. Drugged or unconscious, restrained or not, the captive is 100% helpless. Use of a plastic bag to make murder look like suicide is a known prison technique. As a suicide method it’s hard to do with 2 good arms, beyond her now limited physical abilities, not part of Sandra’s knowledge base.

No defensive wounds will be found if the killers are prison workers. A big part of the game is “proving” they are smarter than the law by getting away with it. The FBI teaches them evidence procedure. Gloves on, killing with a plastic bag is easy, no prints, no struggling, no evidence.

Filled with purpose Sandra, release at hand, about to start your dream job, be reunited with your loved ones, your mission and your camera phone, you had zero motive for suicide. For you, it’s party time. Your abusers have the problem. They can’t let you Speak, a potent motive for murder.

Your faith in God, your life’s mission to make Black Lives Matter, made you, like Joan of Arc, unbreakable, a Warrior of epic proportions. With over 30 years experience, including in a Forensic State Mental Hospital, I assure you this is not and, for numerous reasons, could not, be suicide. Her death is a setup, staged. Sandra was kidnapped, violently assaulted and killed. She did not take her own life with a planted garbage bag!

Prisons excel in cover-ups. False reports and coordinated lies now discredit Law Enforcement Nationwide. Black Lives continue to slip away as Grand Jury’s look away. Supported by tax dollars, teams of lawyers and military hardware, the carnage will not be stopped by bad publicity or wishful thinking – not in Waller County, Texas, State Prisons or anywhere else.

Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948 Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm and So-Metro Radio the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/ Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/) for the complete archive of CP columns and Northend Agent’s archive for selected columns (http://www.northendagents.com/). Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com

David Samuels
Founder
Community Party

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