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“THIS PLACE NEEDS TO BE LEVELED”
by Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III
(Nov. 5, 2010) —There’s quite a report about the conditions here, but I’m going to wait until I leave to release it. It’s really bad. The jailers in here are moving people around, they’re doing things as if they expect some kind of an inspection, so the reports that are going out to The Post & Email are taking an effect. But this place is a mess. It’s not a fit place to survive…it’s just outrageous.
There’s a Mr. Daniel Bragg who has been waiting on a habeas corpus petition for two weeks. It’s been buried; nothing has been done, and it’s just being ignored. Two other gentlemen, Mr. Chris Hooper and Mr. Jeff Shewsbury, went to the day room two weeks ago and they were brought some law books to use to try to prepare for their own defense. They asked for copies from the books, and they were told two weeks ago that the copies were made and that they would be delivered to them. But it’s been more than two weeks. These documents go to their court cases, and the men can’t get them. So that’s going on.
I have numbness in both of my hands which I’m sure is from nerve damage from the handcuffs. It’s most severe in my left hand and thumb. It’s hard to figure out where it starts. Sometimes numbness like that wears off, but it hasn’t after ten days. It started right after they took the handcuffs off, which were on for about an hour to an hour and a half. I’ll see a doctor when I get out of here; that needs to happen for sure. It’s not going to happen here.
Mr. David Jacobs was moved from the facility last night because he wasn’t being properly medicated here. Another man came in, so we’re back to 35. We still have 11 men on the floor. The conditions are the same. It’s cold as all get-out because there’s no heat, and we keep telling the jailers, “It’s too damn cold,” and they just don’t listen. You tell them about the documents in regard to Chris Hooper and Jeff Shewsbury and Daniel Bragg, waiting for documents to come back, and they don’t care.
Again, the pressure has to be unrelenting. This place is the example of corruption in small government. This is where it begins. Everyplace you look, there’s a problem. Everywhere you look, there’s corruption, and it’s all on the part of the government. It’s just absolutely breathtaking.
The judges here are dictators. When I get out, I’ll be able to speak more freely about what’s going here, but they do this openly, as if there’s nothing that’s going to stop them. They’ve been doing it for years and years, and in their minds, they’re immune; they’re bullet-proof. They think they’ll never be stopped by the FBI or any outside interference.
Keep the pressure on this community and this facility in particular, because this is nothing but an outrage. The corruption is off the scale. A dictatorship is happening right here in our own country, and no one can touch the judges. They can do anything they want to you, and Blackwood can keep me in here while he thinks I’m preparing my own case. They know exactly what they’re doing.
This all began with an attempt to conduct an actual citizen’s arrest. This is how a citizen is treated when he tries to effect a citizen’s arrest. What do you think the next person is going to do when he thinks about exposing corruption? This is dictatorship written in large, large, large letters.
This place needs to be demolished and built from the ground up, a brand-new facility. This place has been here since Moby Dick was a minnow. It’s just an outrage. The corruption in this county is just massive.
This is a national and international story. This place is the model of corruption in this country. People need to look at Monroe County to see how a government just takes over and what happens in a community when the government runs everything. Everything here is government, government, government. This is the government run wild at the local level. We now have the opportunity to expose this kind of corruption at this level and as it exists throughout the nation.
Because the people here don’t have a grand jury, they’re afraid of bringing these things up on their own because you know what happens when you do that? It’s what’s happened to me.
If we got an attorney here, pro bono, a team of attorneys who could come here and listen to the stories…this county needs to be leveled. It needs to be wire-brushed.
On top of everything else, we need to get somebody to think about covering this on the radio or in a newspaper. It needs to get national attention. This place needs to be talked about, if we can do that.