About the Walter Scott in the title of this blog post, see here.
From Daily Kos blog in the USA:
Mon Sep 14, 2015 at 06:55 AM PDT
This Guy Was Almost Sandra Bland-ed
So a St. Louis area PD (Pine Lawn, NW of St. Louis) picked up this guy on minor traffic violations and then nearly 3 weeks later, he wakes up from a coma in the hospital.
Police said that he tried to hang himself, but oops.
He survived and corroborates an account from an EMT who pleaded with police to allow them to take the man to the emergency room:
Paramedics from Northeast Fire Protection District say that they went to the Pine Lawn jail in September on a call to check on an inmate who had abdominal pain and bleeding. He explained that he needed to go to the emergency room, but police officers and deputies working in the jail refused to listen to him.
Say his name: Bernard Scott, 44. He was being held in jail in lieu of — wait for it — $360.00 bond.
The EMTs working the case appealed once more to allow Scott to go to the hospital and a cop had changed into his off-duty clothes to accompany Scott to the emergency room.
However his police supervisor said no.
Then this happens:
Only 14 minutes after the final denial, the jail had to call another ambulance, as Scott was unconscious with stiff muscles. He was agitated, aggressive from the pain he was in, and in a posture that medical experts claim is indicative of brain damage, according to the EMT report.
Police say they found Scott hanging by his neck from a shoelace that was tied to his cell door. The story is reminding many of the Texas arrest of Sandra Bland, this summer. But in the case of Scott, there are more answers, because he survived.
He says that he didn’t hang himself.
“Why would I hang myself?” he inquired. “I was in on traffic tickets.”
Scott says he can remember the first ambulance driver “wanted to take me with him, but the guy wouldn’t let me leave.”
Then another officer “told me he wasn’t going to let me out of jail unless I bonded out.”
Source: here. …
For years, many St. Louis County municipalities have been abusing … its police as a hammer to garner revenue from its citizens, many of whom cannot really afford to pay with the threat of jail.
Or worse. I’m sure if this guy had the $360.00, he would have paid it, rather than go to jail. Now because of outrageously aggrievous actions of this police department, Mr. Scott’s hospital bills will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars alone.
It’s money that Pine Lawn probably would have a very hard time paying if Mr. Scott decides to suit the municipality.
What in the blue hell is wrong with us in this country? Since when is it okay to allow due process to jump the snark? Where in the world is our sense of common, decent humanity? We treat dogs lying in the street better than we treat human beings.
First James Blake is mistaken for a credit card thief who turns out to be a high profile individual in his own right who had nothing to do with the crime either, except that he ‘kind of favored’ Blake in the looks department.
Then we have the same PD (NYPD in this case) arrest a woman who stopped at a light in her BMW playing loud music and enjoying it — only to be ‘arrested’ later, accused of lying about owning her own damn car, given a cocktail of psychotropic drugs, stripped down naked and taken to a psyche ward.
This is not how human beings should be treated and I wouldn’t have a problem if Amnesty International calls out the United States on human rights violation of its own citizens by domestic police.
Enough is enough.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Nutty NY~Black Woman Endures 8 Days In Psych Ward Because Cops Didn’t Believe She Owned Her BMW
12 September 2015
Woman Says She Endured 8 Days In Psych Ward Because Cops Didn’t Believe BMW Was Hers
NEW YORK — Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW.
In her first on-camera interview about her ordeal, which aired Thursday, the 32-year-old told PIX11 that it was all a “nightmare.”
It’s a nightmare, Brock’s lawyer told The Huffington Post, that never would have happened if she weren’t African-American.
Brock sued the city earlier this year in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She contends that her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments were violated and that she suffered “unwanted and unwarranted intrusion of her personal integrity, loss of liberty [and] mental anguish.”
The suit details how Brock pulled up to a traffic light in Harlem on Sept. 12, 2014, the music on her car stereo playing loudly.
See also here.
North Carolina police chief forced to resign after ‘shoot first’ anti-Black Lives Matter rant: here.
‘THE BLACK FAMILY IN THE TIME OF INCARCERATION’ As Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in his latest opus, the longest story The Atlantic has published in over a decade, “If generational peril is the pit in which all black people are born, incarceration is the trapdoor closing overhead.” [The Atlantic]
Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case: here.