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Hartford Democrats Celebrate Austerity / Johnny Eric Williams Discusses White Supremacy / Racial Profiling Leads to Murder

December 13, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the December 14 – 21 edition of the Hartford News.

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White Supremacy: A Conversation with Johnny Eric Williams

Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams made national headlines in June, after he shared social media posts on white supremacy following the June 14 shooting of Republican Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise. While the corporate media focused on the provocative elements of the posts that drew attention from racists nationwide, there was no actual discussion about white supremacy. We will have that conversation with Professor Williams on Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio Tuesday, December 19 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Special thanks to Debbie Duncan Cook for helping to make this interview happen. http://sometroradio.com/

 

Policy Watch

Response to Hartford City Council Guest Column

 

“I didn’t believe that we can police our way into a safer city. In all my years in studying policy planning and development, I’ve never seen it…I had to look at the causal factors, which were who are the people that are committing the crime? And then narrowing down, their gang members. Well who are these gang members? And really what is their social fabric? Because the nation still has not dealt with appropriately the war on drugs, the drug epidemic and really how that decimated a generation of communities everywhere.” ~ Compton, California Mayor Aja Brown

White liberals in Hartford who are huffing and puffing about Donald Trump, need to expand their selective outrage to include the Democratic Party controlled Hartford City Council. The guest column in last week’s Hartford News by Majority Leader Julio Concepcion, Assistant Majority Leader John Gale, James Sanchez and Gwendolyn H. Thomas is a neoliberal love letter.

These council members actually described the following city budget provisions as ‘highlights’: “Last year 100 positions were eliminated and 44 persons laid off… A defined contribution plan replacing a defined benefit plan for all unclassified new hires is being considered… We reduced the level of vacation and sick time employees can carry over year to year… Library funding was cut… (Municipal Accountability Review Board) attaches strings; state may now approve union contracts and arbitration.”

As if bragging about layoffs, eliminating living wage jobs and cutting library funding isn’t bad enough, this Scrooge column was a hit piece on the public sector, the largest employer of Black people and women. Hartford annually has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The unemployment rate for young Black males age 18-25 in some areas of Hartford is as high as 50%. The jobless rate for Blacks in the U.S. overall is at a Depression era level.  There have been 29 homicides in the city this year, and approximately 100 non-fatal shootings. Depriving communities of color of jobs and resources fuels violence. Celebrating austerity is despicable.

 

State Sponsored Violence

Last week  former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison, for lynching Walter Scott. U.S. police kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations. The point that’s been lost in this case is that Scott is an example of how racial profiling can lead to murder.

Attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing Colin Kaepernick in his collusion complaint against the National Football League, said that Slager’s excuse for pulling over Scott, which was that the third brake light on Scott’s Mercedes was out, is a classic pretext white cops use to justify stops on Black drivers.

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who murdered Samuel DuBose, stopped DuBose using the pretext that DuBose’s car didn’t have a front license plate. A review of Tensing’s record of traffic stops revealed that Tensing stopped Blacks at a highly disproportionate rate. http://www.wlwt.com/article/records-traffic-stops-commonplace-for-former-uc-officer-ray-tensing/3556723 Tensing was wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt under his uniform, when he lynched DuBose.

Four East Haven police officers were convicted in 2013 on federal charges related to racial profiling of Latinx drivers. Two officers, David Cari and Dennis Spaulding, went to prison for violating Latinx drivers’ civil rights. Despite this national scandal, Gov. Dan Malloy and the Democratic Party controlled General Assembly continue to undermine grassroots efforts to pass comprehensive police accountability legislation.

 

Alabama Senate Race

“This is a wake up call for the Democrats to do better for Black people, and poor white people.” ~ Former NBA and Alabama native Charles Barkley, on Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore.

Doug Jones and the Democrats certainly owe their victory Tuesday night to the “Black vote”, even though I never saw a Black person in Alabama interviewed about this race. Unfortunately the Democrats will continue their neoliberal policies, such as supporting giving President Donald Trump $700 billion for his war budget ($100 billion more than Trump requested), and remaining silent about police violence: 1129 people killed by police this year, the fourth year in a row the total has exceeded 1000, a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations. http://www.killedbypolice.net/ White liberals will go back to ignoring Blacks… Until the next election.

 

The Trump Presidency

“The reason for our outrage is not just Trump’s declaration. Our reason for our outrage is that it was under President Obama that the U.S. pledged $38 billion of U.S. taxpayers’ money to support Israel militarily.” ~ Budour Hassan, Palestinian writer and activist

Let’s call a spade a spade: white liberals don’t give a damn about the Palestinians, who have been getting slaughtered by American made bombs and weapons, courtesy of Democrat and Republican presidents. They’re just the Political Football of the Day.  Donald Trump’s announcement last week that he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is the latest racist act by the White Nationalist President.

The Supreme Court upholding the Trump administration’s Muslim ban underscores the contrast with Trump’s policy position on gun control. Trump is fine with white people committing mass murder, and domestic terrorism. The hole in Trump’s racist contradiction regarding guns is that if the U.S. adopted the reforms (including interviews with spouses and relatives of gun buyers) that have been enacted in Australia, a country with a gun culture similar to the U.S. that hasn’t had a mass shooting since amending their gun control laws in 1996, it would be harder for anyone planning an act of terrorism to legally obtain a gun.

Trump again linked terrorism to immigration policy, following the New York City terror attack on Monday.

 

Colin Kaepernick

Last week Beyonce presented Colin Kaepernick with the 2017 Sports Illustrated  Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.  The day before, the NFL Players Coalition, founded by  Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin, accepted an $89 million donation from the NFL. San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas left the coalition as a result. David Fucillo of the Niners Nation blog provided details.

Eric Reid, Michael Thomas withdraw from Players Coalition as NFL tries to buy an end to the protest

The NFL is offering up money to player causes, but withdrawals from The Players Coalition suggest disagreement on what the NFL is looking to accomplish.

By David Fucillo Updated at Nov 29, 2017

 

Earlier this week, the NFL leaked that they were planning on donating $89 million over seven years to various social causes championed by players. Word of this proposal leaked out shortly after Eric Reid and Michael Thomas announced they were leaving the Players’ Coalition due to a disagreement with Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin.

Reid and Thomas (and later Russell Okung) stated that they did not feel Jenkins and Boldin were representing the beliefs of all the players. Reid said he wanted to pursue a separate dialogue and was working on forming a non-profit to continue that fight. He said the two issues were that Jenkins and others had not kneeled and some of those players were not sufficiently representing the players continuing to protest. Additionally, he expressed concerns about the decision to remove Colin Kaepernick from a group chat on the process.

It was still not fully clear what Reid wanted out of this, but on Thursday, he spoke with Slate twice to explain in more detail the problems with the current situation. Based on his explanation of things, the NFL is mucking this up and attempting to co-opt the social movement with effectively a bribe, and Jenkins is not pushing back sufficiently on the NFL’s attempts to do so.

First, Reid said that he was specifically asked if he would end his protest if the NFL made a donation. The NFL has said stopping the protest was not a condition of the donation, and there was no quid pro quo. The NFL may have eventually decided that would be the case, but there appears to have been a contradiction at one point.

Second, Reid is concerned with how half the money will be spent. ESPN reported that the proposal involved 25 percent of the funds going to the United Negro College Fund, 25 percent to Dream Corps and 50 percent to the Players Coalition. A working group would be created to determine how to allocate that last 50 percent. The group would involve five players, five owners (or owners’ representatives), and two NFL staff members. That makes it seven NFL people and five players. Barring a need for unanimity in voting on matters, the NFL would control the decision-making process in where the money eventually goes.

Third, Reid and reportedly other players, according to Mike Freeman, are concerned much of what the league will do is create public service announcements. PSAs can hold some value, but Reid described it as a charade that would cost the NFL little if anything and would serve more as easy PR for the league than providing real impact on the underlying issues Reid and others are attempting to address.

The fourth issue is arguably the most damning. Reid said Jenkins suggested some of the money donated to the causes would simply be shuffled out of funds allocated for the league’s breast cancer awareness work and Salute to Service.

“In the discussion that we had, Malcolm conveyed to us—based on discussions that he had with the NFL—that the money would come from funds that are already allocated to breast cancer awareness and Salute to Service,” Reid said in an interview with Slate. “So it would really be no skin off the owners’ backs: They would just move the money from those programs to this one.”

If that’s the case, that makes the NFL’s offer all the more paltry. $89 million is certainly not nothing, but when it involves some measure of re-allocating already donated funds, that’s pretty pathetic. If you divide $89 million by 32 teams, and then divide that by the seven years it would take to outlay all the funding, you’d come down to $397,321 per owner per year. It is more than nothing, but for a league that is as financially lucrative as it is, they can do more. And to think they are doing this while potentially simply shuffling existing money shows a league that does not actually care about these causes.

All of this added together suggests this is more about making peace than finding justice. That’s not entirely shocking given how the NFL operates, but it is yet another instance of the NFL trying to win a PR battle rather than actually address underlying issues.

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White Supremacy: A Conversation with Trinity College Professor Johnny Eric Williams

December 7, 2017

Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams made national headlines in June, after he shared social media posts on white supremacy following the June 14 shooting of Republican Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise. While the corporate media focused on the provocative elements of the posts that drew attention from racists nationwide, there was no actual discussion about white supremacy. We will have that conversation with Professor Williams on Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio Tuesday, December 19 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Special thanks to Debbie Duncan Cook for helping to make this interview happen. http://sometroradio.com/

 

Luke Bronin & the Police State / The Racist War on Drugs

December 6, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the December 7 – 14 edition of the Hartford News.

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Policy Watch

Hartford Civilian Police Review Board

 

This year we saw Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin dismantle a proactive civilian police review board, which he kept at the bare minimum number of five members, for actually demanding police accountability. Look what’s happening now: last week Vinny Vella of the Courant reported that the board is now back down to six members. Bronin is a law enforcement shill, an agent of state sponsored violence. We don’t need this neoliberal carpetbagger at the State Capitol.  http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-news-hartford-cprb-cancellations-20171201-story.html

I recently received a tip about misconduct by a Hartford Police officer, who has a lengthy history of sustained civilian complaints. The tipster named the officer but is afraid to go into specifics, fearing retaliation. The number of sustained civilian complaints against HPD officers have increased each year for at least the past 3 years. After complying with past Freedom of Information Act requests, the City of Hartford has not complied with my request for the 2016 list of HPD officers with multiple sustained civilian complaints.

U.S. police kill people at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations. A disproportionate amount are people of color. The number of people killed by police has INCREASED every year, since the 2014 Mike Brown protests in Ferguson. These police shootings are the product of a SYSTEM that protects killer cops, while police officers who speak out against racism, brutality and corruption are run off the force. The community response must expand beyond individual cases, to addressing the SYSTEM that is killing Black, Latinx and Indigenous people.

Marijuana Legalization

Last week in New Haven, Connecticut NORML and Yale Students for Sensible Drug Policy hosted a gubernatorial debate. Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, Republican State Representative Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, former state senator Jonathan Harris of West Hartford, and Afghanistan war veteran Micah Welintukonis of Coventry discussed marijuana legalization, the opioid crisis, and criminal justice reform. Drew, Harris and Welintukonis favor legalizing weed, Srinivasan doesn’t.

David Simon, producer of the classic HBO series The Wire, wrote an insightful piece on how Black communities are harmed by focusing legalization efforts exclusively on marijuana.

 

Lost in a symptom: The Nation on marijuana reform

The surest way to ensure the continued abuse of people of color under the auspices of the drug war is to reduce or eliminate any corresponding threat to white Americans.  This seems to me to be such a fundamental of realpolitik in the United States that I’m still a little bit astonished that The Nation, in a recent assessment of marijuana reform efforts and racial bias, can’t see any forest from the trees.

Not a single fact about marijuana use and the racial bias that law enforcement exhibits with regard to the drug is askew, of course.  I agree with the article’s author, Dr. Carl Hart of Columbia University, on his entire statistical premise:
“Consider a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union showing that black people are two to over seven times more likely to be arrested for pot possession than their white counterparts, despite the fact that both groups use marijuana at similar rates,” notes Dr. Hart.  “These disparities held up even when researchers controlled for household income. It’s about race, not class.”

Full agreement as far as that goes.  But there is, I believe, a statistical equivocation in the ensuing paragraph:
“Each year, there are more than 700,000 marijuana arrests, which account for more than half of all drug arrests. And now, largely because of the selective targeting of African-American males, one in three black boys born today will spend time in prison if we don’t take action to end this type of discrimination.”

Whoa.  While I am entirely aware that marijuana arrests account for over 50 percent of all drug arrests, and while African-American and Latino suspects are certainly arrested at disproportionate rates despite comparable white marijuana use is certain, I believe that the extraordinary rates of incarceration of African-Americans — or all Americans, for that matter — is the result of overall drug enforcement of  heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other hard drugs.

This is not to say that there are not thousands of incarcerated for marijuana arrests, especially at the state level.  In some states, draconian enforcement of marijuana statutes, especially coupled with repeat-offender statutes, has certainly resulted in the imprisonment of Americans, and likely those unfortunates are disproportionately people of color.  But as many urban and high-population states have for the last several decades been liberalizing marijuana laws and reducing or eliminating prison penalties on the drug, the greater share of those incarcerated — and not merely arrested — under U.S. drug statutes has been comprised of hard-drug defendants.   And those number in the hundreds of thousands.

Certainly, marijuana enforcement is an opportunity for law enforcement to profile, harass and penalize minorities.  And certainly, a marijuana arrest can be used to establish a criminal history, achieve probationary verdicts and put people of color under the control of the criminal justice system.  To the extent that defendants opt for suspended sentences and then are rearrested, or find themselves arrested in that minority of states with retrograde marijuana codes, incarcerative outcomes do occur.  But Dr. Hart’s linkage of the ACLU report of racial bias in marijuana enforcement to the appalling percentage of African-American males who will serve prison time needs to be carefully uncoupled.

One in three African-American boys born today will be imprisoned at some point not because of marijuana enforcement, but because of the entirety of the drug war — and only by dealing with all of drug enforcement and its subtext of racial and class control will that trend ever abate, much less be reversed.  Only by addressing political reform to the use or trafficking of those drugs that drive the majority of prison sentences for drug crimes will the country begin to address itself to the mechanism that has put 2.3 million Americans behind bars and made us the jailingest society in human history.
Which brings me back to my initial political worry when it comes to marijuana reform, which, regrettably, has been over-simplified and mischaracterized in some quarters as it volleys about on the internets.

Yes, marijuana is among the least dangerous prohibited substances in the drug world.  Yes, any continuing criminal arrests for its use are dysfunctional and draconian.   Yes, as with any drug law, such arrests target people of color disproportionately.  But accept as well that marijuana is also the most basic and fundamental place where white, middle-class and affluent America intersects with the drug war.  It is the place where many, many white families of economic means and political relevance encounter even the most moderate risk to their status and future.  For the majority of that cohort, it is the only place where the drug war’s rubber actually hits any stretch of suburban blacktop.

Of course, it is impossible to argue against the immediate practicalities of liberalizing marijuana use and reducing the criminal penalties such.  In a country with our levels of alcohol use, no one should be incarcerated or even criminally arrested for smoking weed.  But in so liberalizing this single sphere of our national drug war, the actual political isolation of the poor, and of poor people of color especially, will deepen.  Having removed much of the white, middle-class interaction with drug enforcement from the equation, those who are championing marijuana reform and ignoring the overall disaster of the drug war will be perpetuating the fundamental and continuing injustice.
Think not?  Consider the draft.

Yes, the military draft of the Vietnam era — as it was implemented, replete with college deferments — fell disproportionately on the working-class and the poor, and therefore on young men of color.  And yes, the transition away from the logic of selective service to an all-volunteer military consigned any mandatory enforcement of that disparity to the ash heap.  It also, as a matter of military practicality, made the volunteer military a much more committed and effective institution, by all accounts, and no one at the Pentagon will be speaking again any time soon of any return to a compulsory draft.

But the fundamental political change in the end of compulsory military service has been the grand departure of our most politically influential class from any organized opposition to military interventions.  Once middle-class and upper-class children were secure from any required military service and the corresponding risks from attritive wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, the U.S. government had effectively freed itself from any requirement of widespread popular support for maintaining wars of choice, regardless of casualty rates.  The departure of the draft has made U.S. overseas interventions far more likely to be initiated and far more likely to be maintained, even as the overall popularity of the intervention wanes.

If white folk — and middle-class and affluent white folk at that — aren’t directly threatened by a policy or program, the chance of getting them out in the street, or even actively engaging with the government in any campaign for reform is minimized.  So, too, with the drug war.

Mandatory minimum sentences and the elimination of federal parole, three-time-loser laws and draconian sentencing matrices were all well and good when the presumed targets were the underclass, the feared drug gangs of inner city America.  Only in the past decade — as prison populations have soared, methamphetamine has entrenched itself among whites in the American West, and the shrugging economy has sent more and more of the white working-class and underclass to the corner — have white folk been swept in greater numbers into the national dragnet, resulting in growing disenchantment with the drug war across the racial spectrum.   Yet even still, for many white families, marijuana remains the singular and most obvious point of vulnerability to America’s obsession with drug prohibition. Eliminate the drug war’s most fundamental perceived threat to the white middle class and the air is going to rush out of the growing national opposition with the drug war so fast that our heads will spin.

Is that argument enough to eschew the very rational removal of marijuana enforcement from the drug war arsenal?  Maybe not.  It’s hard to leave those absurd laws intact when an opportunity exists to mitigate the damage done to those defendants — black and white — who are being prosecuted, however more modestly than with prohibitions against harder drugs.

But the least that people of goodwill can do is to stop pretending that forward movement on marijuana alone is anything less than an accommodation with an existing war of social control that is being waged disproportionately on the urban poor and is utilizing the prohibitions against harder drugs for the greater share of its incarcerative dynamic.  Marijuana is not the core reason for our crowded prisons, and the reform of marijuana laws is, at best, triage for a failed and dystopic system that will be given another lease on life once the politically relevant portion of white America is given a pass.  Removing weed from the overall equation will, in the end, consign increasingly-isolated poor people of color to the brutalities of the drug war for the foreseeable future.  The game will still be the game for them, and a cruel and rigged game it will remain.

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Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio December 5

December 2, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, December 5. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. We’ll talk about the latest developments in the investigation of the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron, who was shot May 9 by Bridgeport, Connecticut police officer James Boulay. We’ll also discuss Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s ongoing sabotage of the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board, as the yearly total of sustained civilian complaints against Hartford Police officers increases.

We’ll talk about the Connecticut Valley Hospital patient abuse scandal with Michaela Fissel, Director of Emerging Adult Programming at Advocacy Unlimited. We’ll pay tribute to Black Panther Party Illinois Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by Chicago police and the FBI December 4, 1969. We’ll also have an update on Colin Kaepernick and the NFL national anthem protests. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific.  http://sometroradio.com/

 

Resources

Community Party Trayvon Martin Act:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language-4/

Community Party Safe Work Environment Act:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act-2/

November 13 Connecticut Valley Hospital public hearing:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/connecticut-valley-hospital-public-hearing-2/

Fred Hampton BPP Eyes on the Prize 12 A Nation of Law?

 

The Murder of Fred Hampton

 

Video from the funeral of Chicago police officer James “Gloves” Davis, who executed  Fred Hampton with two point blank shots to the head, December 4, 1969. Supporters of the Black Panthers interrupted Davis’ funeral. Shout out to Tammy Rain Daugherty, who did the research on Davis.

 

CVH Public Hearing Analysis & Testimony / Jayson Negron

November 28, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the November 30 – December 7 edition of the Hartford News.

 

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Community Update

Jayson Negron

Monday in Hartford, protesters at a Justice for Jayson rally observed 20 minutes of silence. It took Bridgeport police officers 20 minutes to call for medical assistance, after Jayson Negron was shot on May 9 by officer James Boulay, and handcuffed. Seven activists were arrested for peacefully blocking traffic on Capitol Avenue. Protesters are calling for a Walgreens parking lot surveillance video of the shooting to be released.

Activists carried signs saying that Gov. Dan Malloy, State’s Attorney Kevin Kane and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim are complicit in police terror. I don’t claim to know what happened.  I do know that the BPD wouldn’t sit on the tape if it definitively cleared Boulay. Not in this climate. Last Sunday Arlington, Texas police quickly released photos of a man they shot at a local mall. The photos showed the man pointing what turned out to be a replica gun at a responding officer.  https://twitter.com/ArlingtonChief/status/934983004191109121 Call State’s Attorney Maureen Platt at 203-236-8130, and tell her to release the tape.

 

Community Update

Gov. Dan Malloy is pushing for legislators to convene a special session, after he sent a monthly report to Comptroller Kevin Lembo. Malloy is projecting a $203 million deficit, which exceeds the $187 million threshold that could trigger a deficit mitigation plan by Malloy. Malloy also wants legislators to fix another provision in the budget, which he says should not have shifted a $2.9 million children’s health program to a special account related to the insurance industry. The 2018 Connecticut General Assembly legislative session begins in February.

 

Amen

“He came in as mayor and 30 days later, he wanted to get rid of collective bargaining in Hartford. What he’s doing in Hartford, we don’t need him to bring to the State Capitol.” ~ Lori J. Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, talking to the Courant about Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin exploring a run for governor.

 

Jazzy Rowe

Brianna Brochu was not charged with a hate crime, during her arraignment last week at Hartford Superior Court. Brochu was expelled from the University of Hartford, after she was arrested for abusing Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, her Black roommate, and boasting about the abuse on social media. Brochu’s case was continued until December 18. Activists are demanding that a felony bigotry charge be added.

 

Policy Watch 

Connecticut Valley Hospital Public Hearing

 

Republican Senator Heather Somers led a November 13 public hearing on the  Connecticut Valley Hospital patient abuse scandal. 10 CVH employees have been arrested and 37 suspended, in connection with abuse of 59 year-old patient Bill Shehadi. Somers, co-chair of the Connecticut General Assembly public health committee, questioned Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, and Whiting Division acting director Dr. Michael Norko. CVH CEO Helene Vartelas was not present at the hearing.

Delphin-Rittmon’s responses at the public hearing defied reality.  Delphin-Rittmon took issue with Sen. Somers saying that CVH lacks leadership, yet Vartelas wasn’t present at the hearing, a fact that wasn’t lost on Somers, who mentioned this as she questioned Delphin-Rittmon. Delphin-Rittmon attempted to minimize the culture of workplace bullying at CVH, despite being confronted by Somers with results from CVH’s own workplace bullying survey, which they tried to suppress after I publicized the results in this column. Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat, asked Delphin-Rittmon if “intimidation” by employees prevented reporting of patient abuse; Delphin-Rittmon described bullying as existing in “pockets” at CVH. Steinberg said, “I don’t think everyone here would agree with you.”

Retired CVH employee John Hollis, who got CVH to release the results to employees while he was a union steward, said this about Delphin-Rittmon. “She is in denial, damage control and not truthful. I never saw her at Whiting when I worked there.” Rep. Christie Carpino (Republican) said she finds Norko’s statement “ridiculous”, that taking violent video games from Whiting patients is “complex”. Carpino added she is frustrated that DMHAS hasn’t provided requested documents. Delphin-Rittmon said the delay is caused by the need to “redact identifying information”. Carpino said several documents she has requested have nothing to do with patient confidentiality.

John responded to Delphin-Rittmon’s claim that delays in turning over documents is due to the need to redact “identifying info”, due to patient confidentiality issues. John said, “Client info is NOT supposed to be in (CVH) emails. We are trained that it is forbidden to put any patient info. That is a stall tactic.”

Delphin-Rittmon said employees can contact her office with complaints of abuse. John said former DMHAS commissioner Pat Rehmer “blew off” an email he sent to her, describing the culture of abuse at CVH. John saw an email exchange between Rehmer and Vartelas, which he obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

CVH and DMHAS were exposed during this hearing. Their attempts at spin were thwarted by Republican legislators who were prepared with facts and a withering line of questioning. Somers said she plans to schedule another hearing, which is great news.

I was struck by the difference in what I heard from Somers and Democrat Sen. Paul Doyle, during their appearance November 19 on the WFSB Face the State program, to discuss CVH. Doyle parroted the DMHAS party line, claiming that “reforms” have been made by installing video cameras, and contracting a private security firm to monitor the cameras. The abuse of Bill Shehadi took place while video cameras recorded in his room 24 hours a day.

Doyle limited his comments to CVH employees, while saying nothing about CVH management and DMHAS. Sen. Somers talked about the systematic problems at CVH. The abuse of Shehadi went unreported because CVH management and DMHAS perpetuate a culture of workplace bullying, which is supported by the results of the 2012 survey. The survey showed that 70 – 90% of CVH employees “agree” or “strongly agree” that CVH management bullies staff, and retaliates against staff who speak up, as Sen Somers pointed out on FTS. I agree with Sen. Somers that independent oversight of CVH and DMHAS is essential. CVH and DMHAS must not be allowed to police themselves.

I’m ticked off by the lukewarm response of Doyle and the Democrats to this crisis. The party has fallen in line behind Gov. Dan Malloy, who appointed Delphin-Rittmon, and has had nothing to say about the role of DMHAS and CVH management in creating the toxic environment that infected Shehadi. Delphin-Rittmon’s claim that workplace bullying exists in “pockets” at CVH is contradicted by the survey, which shows a pervasive culture of bullying starting at the top. Malloy told Fox 61, “I think quite frankly the commissioner is doing a good job and brought this to light and has cooperated in what has been the prosecution of people who were clearly breaking the law and they should be held accountable.” Malloy’s run-on sentence is nothing but spin.

Delphin-Rittmon met with CVH employees last week, to discuss the CVH patient abuse scandal. I asked Delphin-Rittmon about data retired John and I obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, which show that CVH fires Black employees at a rate of 71%, compared to 22% of whites, Black employees are suspended 10% more than all other CVH employees combined, despite compromising a minority of the employee population, and that only 3% of the employees making $120,000 per year are Black, while 70% are white. I also asked about CVH’s own survey, which showed that 70 – 90 percent of the 400 workers surveyed “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that management bullies staff, perpetuates a culture of bullying, and retaliates against employees who speak up. Delphin-Rittmon repeatedly dodged my questions, which I asked multiple times in different ways. She said she would have to “study” the discipline/wage data, and claimed that a bullying survey of 400 people wasn’t a big enough sample size. Delphin-Rittmon offered to continue this conversation in private; she was not receptive to my request to continue this conversation publicly. Stay tuned for updates.

 

Testimony

Public Health Committee Members,

My friend John Hollis, a retired Connecticut Valley Hospital employee, and I have been speaking out publicly for five years on the impact of workplace bullying at CVH. The culture of bullying, perpetuated by CVH management and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, directly led to the abuse of the 59 year-old patient at Whiting Forensic Division. John and I obtained a copy of CVH’s 2012 workplace bullying survey, which management tried to suppress after compiling the results.

Connecticut Valley Hospital Workplace Bullying Survey Results

“I have encountered bullying situations at work.” 70.6% of CVH workers “strongly agree”. 20.7 % “agree”.
“I have felt bullied when interacting with a CVH manager / supervisor.” 59.9% “strongly agree”. 16.5% “agree”.
“I have felt bullied when interacting with a CVH manager / supervisor in my unit / program.” 54.0 % “strongly agree”. 16.2 % “agree”.
“I have felt bullied when interacting with a CVH co-worker.” 39.6% “strongly agree”. 20.2 % “agree”.
“I have felt bullied when interacting with a CVH co-worker in my unit / program.” 37.5 % “strongly agree”. 20.8 % “agree”.
“I feel that bullying is an accepted part of the culture at CVH.” 54.1 % “strongly agree.” 25.7% “agree”.
“I reported bullying and there was a positive resolution of my concerns.” 61.6% “strongly disagree”. 24.5% “disagree”.
“I fear retaliation for reporting bullying or other hostile behavior.” 66.6% “strongly agree”. 17.1 % “agree”.

John and I also have obtained data and internal emails from CVH, through Freedom of information Act requests. CVH terminates Black employees at a rate of 71%, compared to just 22% for whites. Black employees are disciplined at a rate of 10% more than all other workers combined, despite comprising a minority portion of the CVH employee population. Only 3% of the employees making $120,000 or more per year at CVH are Black. John was interviewed by the State Police Major Crime Unit, about the link between workplace bullying and the abuse of the Whiting patient.

Fox 61 correspondent Kaitlin Goslee reported that the station received an anonymous letter from a CVH employee, who said that CVH workers who initially reported staff abuse of the Whiting patient were disregarded by CVH management, and retaliated against. 10 employees have been arrested and 37 suspended, in connection with abuse of this patient.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon gave her best babe in the woods response, when Goslee asked if Delphin-Rittmon was aware of the “culture of fear” at CVH. DMHAS is the subject of numerous employee lawsuits and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities complaints, which DMHAS lawyers work hard to defeat. Delphin-Rittmon has full knowledge of these legal challenges; her only concern is DMHAS avoiding liability. I am assigned to the Battell Medical Records department at CVH. The management of this department has doubled down on bullying and racist policies, since the CVH patient abuse scandal exploded. One member of management recently taunted me on social media.

I must convey in the strongest terms that privatization would only exacerbate the problems at CVH. The quality of patient care would be even worse. Abuse of workers, who would have less protections, would increase, fueling the culture of abuse that has infected the patient at Whiting. Independent oversight of CVH and DMHAS is essential. CVH employees must have an open line of communication to this entity. CVH and DMHAS must not be allowed to police themselves. Allowing CVH and DMHAS to continue to operate with impunity will lead to tragedy. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

David Samuels
Hartford, CT

 

Resources

CVH public hearing testimony:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/connecticut-valley-hospital-public-hearing-testimony-by-john-hollis/

https://www.cga.ct.gov/ph/

 

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Connecticut Valley Hospital Public Hearing Testimony by John Hollis

November 23, 2017

Retired Connecticut Valley Hospital employee John Hollis submitted testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly public health committee, on the CVH patient abuse scandal. A public hearing on CVH was held November 13.

Public Health Committee Members:
Subject: Connecticut Valley Hospital

My name is John Hollis and I am a retired Connecticut Valley Hospital employee who worked throughout the CVH campus for over two decades. I was also an AFSCME Union Steward for fifteen years.

Connecticut Valley Hospital has been referred to as being an organization that perpetuates a “Culture of Fear”, “Culture of Cruelty”, “Culture of Abuse”, “Culture of Impunity” and a “Culture of Bullying”. All of this could have been averted had DMHAS/CVH management listened and done something about the warnings that I made publicly and through countless union grievances over the years. However, it always fell on deaf ears.

In the year 2012 I was interviewed by Hartford columnist and co-worker David Samuels about workplace bullying at Connecticut Valley Hospital. The following is my quote from that 2012 interview:
“After receiving a copy of the CVH workplace bullying survey results, I found the overwhelming percentages of respondents experiencing adverse bullying incidents/situations alarming. What’s even more alarming is nothing is being done about it and the bullying status quo continues at CVH. I am disturbed by the fact that had I not formally requested the survey results I would never have known about the findings. The State of Connecticut urgently needs the Safe Work Environment Act to become law. It is appalling that an agency which is entrusted to care for vulnerable patients suffering from mental illness is fostering a culture of bullying and abusive conduct, as the survey results clearly show. This climate creates an adverse potential effect on patient care. People should ask themselves if they want their loved ones to be placed in that kind of abusive environment.”

I worked as a Medical Records Specialist 1 at the Health Information Management Office located in Whiting Forensic. The patient at the center of the current patient abuse case, involving the arrest of ten employees and the suspension of thirty seven employees, was placed in the seclusion room countless times over the years. Said seclusion room was on the other side of the wall of my office in Whiting Forensic. For years I heard horrific screams of anger and agony coming from that seclusion room.  At times when there were spoken words of anger that were screamed out, I could tell it was the patient involved in the current abuse case. Furthermore, I believe the abuse went on for a longer period of time as Connecticut Valley Hospital only keeps thirty days of video tape before it is written over, thus destroying the evidence.

While I have not witnessed the physical abuse of any patient, I have heard patients being belittled, mocked, and mimicked by some staff members over the years in various buildings on the CVH campus.  I was involved in a critical incident meeting involving a patient who had escaped from Battell Hall. It was discovered that staff assigned to care for and monitor said patient documented the patient being on the unit and/or sleeping, all along being out of the building AWOL.  The current abuse case is not an isolated incident.  In 2006 a patient was killed at Whiting Forensic costing Connecticut taxpayers 2.33 million dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by the patient’s parents.  Over the years I’ve heard talk of alleged sexual incidents between some staff and patients.  It seems that most of the incidents of patient abuse are swept under the rug.

I recall an incident whereby a doctor at CVH reported a case of another doctor not properly caring for and/or abusing a patient. The reporting doctor was retaliated against by management for reporting said improper care and/or abuse.  From my observations and personal experience over the years, I found that at CVH there is an unwritten standard operating procedure of retaliation practiced by management.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Connecticut Valley Hospital management have created an addiction to overtime.  Many staff members have become addicted to the overtime that DMHAS/CVH management decided that that is how they were going to run their agency with massive amounts of overtime instead of hiring additional employees.

Most of the overtime is created by patients being ordered by a doctor to be placed on some type of constant observation, such as one on one or two on one ratio of staff to a patient.  Additionally, unscheduled absences such as sick calls cause an influx of overtime. Once addicted to overtime, the staff members that are addicted go into a type of withdrawal if the overtime diminishes such as the result of a doctor cancelling an order for constant observation. I have heard talk of staff convincing doctors that a patient needs to be placed back on constant observation just to recover the lost overtime.  I also heard of staff pushing the buttons of a patient so that the patient will go off thus causing more overtime.

I don’t know what the solution to this great embarrassment to the State of Connecticut should be and, more importantly, what the solution to the jeopardy of the lives and safety of the patients that must live at CVH twenty four hours a day seven days a week should be. What I do know is that DMHAS/CVH should not be allowed to police themselves.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

John Hollis
Stafford Springs, CT

Connecticut Valley Hospital Public Hearing

November 22, 2017

No Community Party Hartford News column this week, due to a special holiday edition of the newspaper. We’ll share the full video of the November 13 Connecticut General Assembly  public health committee public hearing, on the Connecticut Valley Hospital patient abuse scandal.

 

http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=14740

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio November 21

November 19, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, November 21. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. We’ll have a special report on the November 13 public hearing on the Connecticut Valley Hospital patient abuse scandal. We’ll talk about a tape surfacing of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the face along with President Donald Trump of opposition to Colin Kaepernick and NFL players’ national anthem protests, making a racist comment in 2013. We’ll also have an update on Jazzy Rowe, the University of Hartford student who was abused by her white roommate, Brianna Brochu. Brochu is scheduled to appear in West Hartford court November 21. A Justice for Jazzy rally is planned outside the courthouse. 8 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific.   http://sometroradio.com/

 

Resources

Report: CVH Patient Abuse Whistleblowers Ignored, Retaliated Against

by David Samuels

This column appears in the November 16 – 22 edition of the Hartford News.

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/report-cvh-patient-abuse-whistleblowers-ignored-retaliated-against/

Public Health Committee Informational Forum and Public Hearing on the DHMAS Whiting Forensic Division of the Connecticut Valley Hospital
Recorded On: 11/13/2017

http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=14740

 

Report: CVH Patient Abuse Whistleblowers Ignored, Retaliated Against

November 15, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the November 16 – 22 edition of the Hartford News.

 

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! http://www.sometroradio.com/   Next show: November 21. Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/

 

Community Party Radio Podcast

Visit No Sellout to listen to podcasts of past shows.

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/podcast-community-party-radio-on-so-metro-radio/

 

Community Update

Justice for Jazzy

Fox 61 reported that the West Hartford DA told the NAACP the West Hartford police did not send them a request, to add a felony bigotry charge (hate crime) to Brianna Brochu’s misdemeanor charges. Two weeks ago the WHPD released an update, saying they had made the request to prosecutors. Brochu will appear in court November 21. A rally in support of Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe took place last week at the WHPD.

 

Policy Watch

2017 Elections

The so-called Resistance is celebrating their victories in the elections last week. I am not. Liberals want to replace Trump/Republican fascism with a return to Democratic Party fascism. I want no fascism.

WTNH political correspondent Mark Davis made an excellent point on the station’s Capitol Report program, regarding the 2017 elections. Liberals who are doing a victory lap, better remember that the state budget will be the focal point of the 2018 elections. Davis pointed out that CT is in a “perpetual budget crisis”, that will loom over the race for governor, and legislative seats. The Democrats will have to own the billion dollar budget deficits, that have been a constant of the Dan Malloy administration and the Dem controlled General Assembly.

 

Racial Profiling

The Connecticut Democrats’ puppets, the so-called CT Racial Profiling Prohibition Project,  just released another report on racial profiling in the state. Guess what? The data showed that police departments are still engaging in racial profiling! I know, shocking. This is how the Democrats are addressing police repression of people of color: endless reports and analysis, with no enforcement. The Democrats have killed police accountability legislation, including the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act, on a yearly basis. Yeah Black folks, all we have to do is get Trump out of office and everything will be fine.

 

Connecticut Network

“Legislative leadership is using the state’s fiscal situation to disguise their true intentions: censoring what state residents can see by eliminating virtually all coverage of the executive and judicial branches of government. At the very time that citizens need to broaden their understanding of government, legislative leaders are moving in the opposite direction, clamping down on transparency and accountability.” ~ Daniel J. Klau, president of Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, on legislators taking control of the Connecticut Network, so they can censor CT-N’s content.

source: Connecticut Mirror

 

Crisis at Connecticut Valley Hospital

Republican Sen. Heather Somers, co-chair of the Connecticut General Assembly public health committee, and other GOP members on the committee held a public hearing on Connecticut Valley Hospital November 13. Retired CVH employee John Hollis and I submitted written testimony. I will share our testimony in my November 30 column, along with analysis of the hearing.

Last week Fox 61 correspondent Kaitlin Goslee reported that the station received an anonymous letter from a CVH employee, who said CVH workers that initially reported staff abuse of a 59 year-old patient were disregarded by CVH management, and retaliated against. 10 employees have been arrested and 37 suspended, in connection with abuse of this patient.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon gave her best babe in the woods response, when Goslee asked if Delphin-Rittmon was aware of the “culture of fear” at CVH. DMHAS is the subject of numerous employee lawsuits and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities complaints, including a racism complaint by a group of Black CVH employees, that has also been filed with the NAACP. DMHAS lawyers work diligently to defeat all of these legal challenges, and Delphin-Rittmon is fully aware of their existence; her only concern is to protect DMHAS from liability. Don’t fall for the commissioner’s bs. Al Shehadi identified his brother Bill as the patient who was abused at Whiting, during his public hearing testimony November 13.

Who is the Patient at the Center of the Connecticut Valley Hospital Abuse Allegations?

Fox 61

November 9

by Kaitlin Goslee

MIDDLETOWN — Investigations into alleged patient abuse at the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital are continuing.
In the meantime a close family friend and the co-conservator to the patient at the center of the abuse shared insight into who the patient is with FOX61.
“He was fun, he had a sense of humor and he had a sense of purpose,” Dr. Karen Kangas, the co-conservator of the patient and a mental healthcare advocate, said. She told FOX61 she’s know the man at the center of abuse allegations for decades.
“He once said in a letter that he wrote, he said I don’t know that I have any friends and I’ve never had a girlfriend, so much of what he’s missed in life,” Kangas said.

Along with the patient’s brother, Kangas says she’s the only person left to advocate for the 59-year-old man who remains in the care of the Whiting Forensic Division of CVH. The Whiting Forensic Division is the maximum security unit of the hospital whose patients are most often court ordered to be there.
Kangas told FOX61 the patient was court ordered to Whiting Forensic back in the 1990’s when he was charged with killing his elderly father. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Kangas also said the patient served out his court ordered sentence, but remained at the hospital for the last 10 years due to a lack of improvement in his mental health and a concern for his ability to be able to reintegrate back into society.

The abuse that allegedly went on over at least in a one month period involved taunting, antagonizing, physical, and abuse sexual in nature, according to police arrest warrants of the accused staff members. The police investigation and an inspection by the Department of Health and Human Services states the alleged abuse was all captured on surveillance video used in the patient’s room. Those cameras were intended for 24 hour a day patient monitoring, according to the reports.

This abuse surfaced in April. Since then, a total of 10 workers from Whiting Forensic have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of cruelty to a person. A total of 37 workers have been suspended from the hospital as well.

FOX61 obtained transcripts of the bi-annual, state mandated hearings held for the patient. In these hearings doctors for Whiting Forensic are required to present a patient status update to the state’s Psychiatric Review Board.

The transcripts included conversations about the patient’s “aggressive behavior” and “self-injury” triggering an order for two-to-one patient care with 24 hour monitoring.
The transcripts also reveal the patient was put in restraints 157 times over one two-year period.

The initial report of abuse triggered a full unit inspection by the Department of Health and Human Services this past spring. In that report, the inspectors claim the hospital had a long list of “failures” including a failure to “ensure the restrain and seclusion rooms were free from dirt, debris, or maintained safety.” Another “failure” cited was that the hospital and its workers did not properly report abuse or harassment.

FOX61 received an anonymous letter on the issue that makes claims workers in the hospital tried to report abuse but were disregarded or retaliated against.
“I’ve learned it recently. I met with the staff at Whiting and with some of the patients and that is something that they talk about so that is very concerning,” responded Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services who oversees the hospital.

The patient is currently in a new unit on the Whiting Forensic floor, but under care of new staff, according to Kangas. Since the abuse allegations surfaced, the state leaders heading the Connecticut Public Health Committee launched their own investigation into the matter.

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John continues to have conversations with Sen. Somers. John was interviewed by the State Police Major Crime Unit, about the link between workplace bullying and the abuse of Shehadi at Whiting.

 

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Public Hearing on CVH Patient Abuse Scandal November 13

November 12, 2017

Fox 61 will live stream the public hearing on the Connecticut Valley Hospital patient abuse scandal on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/FOX61News/  The hearing begins Monday, November 13 9:30 AM at the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. Room 2C. Written testimony can be emailed to phtestimony@cga.ct.gov. #patientsafety #workplacebullying