A West Palm Beach grand jury declared “fundamentally inadequate” the medical care given to an 18-year-old who died after two head injuries he received at the county juvenile lockup were ignored for hours by guards, supervisors and the facility’s superintendent.
Eric Perez, who was detained after being arrested with a small amount of marijuana, died in the early morning hours of July 9 after spending most of the prior night hallucinating, vomiting, soiling himself and seeking help from guards who ignored him. The grand jury’s report, issued Friday, said Eric had been dead for an hour before lockup corrections officers noticed he had passed away. An officer stationed outside his cell had checked on him every 10 minutes without noticing his death.
“The only attempt to seek an outside medical opinion during the entire episode was two phone calls to the head nurse that went unanswered during the night,” the report, called a presentment, said. “The officers’ response to Mr. Perez’s hallucinations, instability and cries of pain were to simply observe him as he lay on the floor vomiting and defecating in his underwear. More effort was spent cleaning the floor around the youth than attending to his welfare.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office in West Palm Beach ruled the cause of death to be intracranial hemorrhage, a type of stroke, of unknown origin. The manner of death was undetermined.
1. When editors tell Ursula K. Le Guin that featuring her brown-skinned protagonist on the cover art of A Wizard of Earthsea will hurt sales? You know racism is real.
2. When the British publishers of Tamora Pierce’s “Circle of Magic” series feature a light-complected representation of the…
Oh gee, minimum wage is hardly useful to pay rent. Who’d have thunk it?
The US is ranked #1 in some impressive areas but being #1 for incarceration isn’t something to brag about. In fact, more than 1 in every 100 adults in America are incarcerated at any given time. In some states such as Louisiana as many as 1 in 55 adults are incarcerated at any time. But even in states with fewer incarcerations like Maine, 1 in 226 are still incarcerated. In light of such numbers it isn’t surprising that the US has 25% of the world’s incarcerated population even though the US only makes up around 5% of the population globally.
Despite the huge population of incarcerated people it is far from a representative portion of the population. While the national average is 1 in 100, only 1 in 106 is a white male. Shockingly, 1 in 15 Black men are incarcerated. This is like 2 people out of every classroom. Comparatively 1 in 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated fully 300% more than their white counterparts.
This pretty young girl wasn’t famous, but 10 year old Jasmine McClain is still relevant to the remembrance of the forgotten stars. She may not be known to us from a Disney show or a teen pop group, but I want to feature her.
Jasmine hung herself in her bedroom because she couldn’t handle another day of being bullied at school. Students admitted that she was bullied extremely badly because of the clothes and shoes she wore - her family couldn’t afford name brand clothes.
On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.
Here is what everyone should know about the case:
1. Zimmerman called the police to report Martin’s “suspicious” behavior, which he described as “just walking around looking about.” Zimmerman was in his car when he saw Martin walking on the street. He called the police and said: “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about… These a**holes always get away” [Orlando Sentinel]
2. Zimmerman pursued Martin against the explicit instructions of the police dispatcher:
Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”
Dispatcher: “OK, we don’t need you to do that.”
3. Prior to the release of the 911 tapes, Zimmerman’s father released a statement claiming “[a]t no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin.” [Sun Sentinel]
4. Zimmerman was carrying a a 9 millimeter handgun. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. [ABC News]
6. Martin’s English teacher described him as “as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.” [Orlando Sentinel]
7. Martin had no criminal record. [New York Times]
8. Zimmerman “was charged in July 2005 with resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer. The charges appear to have been dropped.” [Huffington Post]
9. Zimmerman called the police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011. [Miami Harald]
10. According to neighbors, Zimmerman was “fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” [Miami Herald]
11. Zimmerman “had been the subject of complaints by neighbors in his gated community for aggressive tactics” [Huffington Post]
12. A police officer “corrected” a key witness. “The officer told the witness, a long-time teacher, it was Zimmerman who cried for help, said the witness. ABC News has spoken to the teacher and she confirmed that the officer corrected her when she said she heard the teenager shout for help.” [ABC News]
13. Three witnesses say they heard a boy cry for help before a shot was fired. “Three witnesses contacted by The Miami Herald say they saw or heard the moments before and after the Miami Gardens teenager’s killing. All three said they heard the last howl for help from a despondent boy.” [Miami Herald]
14. The officer in charge of the crime scene also received criticism in 2010 when he initially failed to arrest a lieutenant’s son who was videotaped attacking a homeless black man. [New York Times]
I don’t think there is a legitimate difference between Obama and Romney or Gingrich or Santorum. Here’s a running list of everything they have in common:
- They all supported the bank bailouts.
- They all support military force in Afghanistan, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and potentially…
Why is it so hard to convict people who are so obviously guilty? Some recent examples:
Ross Mirkarimi for the domestic abuse against his wife when there’s a video with her bruise and testimony as well as testimonies from their neighbors. (Press charges and fire him)
The soldier in Afghanistan who murdered 16 people, including 9 children, for no reason. (Fire him, no benefits, get him psych help)
Nadia Lockyer, wife of California state treasurer who brought her 8 year old son with her to a motel in the middle of the night to comfort her drug addicted boyfriend and ended up getting assaulted. Refused to take a pay leave from her $148,000 salary, even though she’s missed half of her meetings and is in rehab. (Fire her, no pension)
UC Vice Chancellor Diane Liete, who gave multiple pay raises to a subordinate lover at a time when the UC system is “cash-strapped” and students are seeing budget cuts left to right. (A pay cut from “188,000 to $175,000 will just not do. Get rid of her)
and of course, the murderer of Trayvon Martin who was so obviously lynched for no absolutely no reason other than being black while walking from the store. (Arrest the bastard we know did it and get his ass off the street).
Seems like there are very simple solutions in all of these cases, but instead we are dragging them through court, costing way more money to taxpayers, or tolerating them in office with slaps on the wrist, or just not doing anything at all.
Truly disgusting and a major reason why this country is spiraling.
Stop the corruption.
I have to go now.