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SO WHO ARE THE LAWBREAKERS?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 31, 2010) — The Post & Email has contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department twice today: once this morning and once at 9:45 p.m. EDT and received two different answers to the same question.
This morning, we spoke with Officer Krouter, who stated that visitors are allowed to see LCDR Fitzpatrick, who was badly beaten and tasered, then arrested last week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. This writer was personally invited to visit this afternoon.
However, this evening a different officer said that visitors’ days for “Cell 1” are Wednesdays and Saturdays.
That might explain why a former military serviceman who was trying to arrange a visit by a physician or minister today was told that it would not be permitted.
This evening The Post & Email was told that a minister would fall under the Wednesday/Saturday restriction unless he is on the “approved list of ministers” maintained by the jail. When we asked how to obtain a copy of the list, the officer said to speak with “Chief Prock,” who reportedly will be in on Monday. Our answer was, “Oh, yes, we know who he is. He is one of the four who beat up Walt last week.” There was silence on the other end of the phone.
We asked if Mr. Fitzpatrick had been injured since he was taken to the jail, and the officer said, “No, he hasn’t been injured since he got here.” When we said, “But we know he was badly injured before that,” the officer said nothing.
We then inquired if Fitzpatrick has seen a doctor for his injuries and the officer said “I don’t know what his medical status is.”
This evening we asked the officer if he could confirm that the FBI had made a visit on Friday to speak with LCDR Fitzpatrick, and he said he could not.
This morning we asked if a message could be delivered to Mr. Fitzpatrick asking him to call us, as The Post & Email has not heard from him since Friday evening. Last Wednesday evening, directly following his arrest, we were told by a female officer, “He can make as many calls as he wants, as long as they’re collect.” This morning it was a different story: we were told that a phone message cannot be delivered but that we could visit in person today or write a letter.
A supporter of Fitzpatrick stated this evening, “I also called the Detention Facility yesterday and had it out with some backwoods Deputy who threatened to have me arrested for harassment if I kept calling back. (the coward kept hanging up on me!!) I had to explain things to him…’I know they call it ‘harassment’ in your county, but it’s really just the First Amendment Right to Free Speech, and I will call whoever I want!!'”
Sergeant of Marines Timothy Harrington and JB Williams were guests on the “CJ and Tallulah” show last night, explaining the events in Monroe County leading up to Fitzpatrick’s arrest last Wednesday. The Post & Email answered questions from CJ and Tallulah during the second broadcast of the show beginning at 11:00 p.m. EDT.
The Monroe County detention facility can be reached at 423-442-3911.
If there is anyone who can visit LCDR Fitzpatrick at the detention facility on Wednesday to provide an eyewitness report of his condition, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Post & Email left a voice message on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 7:30 PDT for Atty. Stephen Pidgeon to inquire as to whether or not he had knowledge of the alleged October 22 hearing at the Monroe County courthouse. To date, our call has not been returned.
UPDATE, November 1, 2010: The Post & Email contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department this morning and again asked for the list of approved clergy. We were transferred to Captain Wilson’s voice mail. There we left a message regarding the list, asked why Mr. Fitzpatrick has not been able to call us recently, and asked if he has been able to see a doctor for his injuries. As of 1:36 p.m. EDT, our call has not been returned.
Sgt. Tim Harrington has contacted a Catholic priest who has agreed to visit Mr. Fitzpatrick at the jail today. Whether or not the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department will allow him in remains to be seen.