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SO WHEN DOES THIS STOP????
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 5, 2010) —A second call from LCDR Walter Fitzpatrick came in today at 3:45 p.m.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: The man whom we’ve been talking about, a man named Mr. David Jacobs, was someone who was being denied medical treatment and medication. He was transported out of here this morning. He was supposed to go to the Loudon County jail facility. I just learned that he is now in the Sweetwater Hospital in the intensive care unit suffering from a bleeding pancreas. So he was a medical emergency; he’s in the hospital now…that’s what goes on here.
They were going to transport him two days ago, and they didn’t. They kept him here. So all this time he’s been a medical emergency, and it’s just been terrible for this man. That’s one thing.
While I’m on the phone, I should also tell you that the census here is now 37 people in a pod that is meant for 24, with 13 people on the floor.
MRS. RONDEAU: Did Mr. Jacobs have symptoms before today?
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Well, yes, there have been doctors complaining about his treatment here for some time. You might get a call directly from someone about his situation. I’m sure they’ll be in touch.
MRS. RONDEAU: I did receive a call from someone this morning, but it was a different name and issue.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Instead of being in a hospital, Mr. Jacobs was here, and now they have him in a hospital, finally. This is consistent with everything I’ve been telling you so far about everything that’s been going on.
MRS. RONDEAU: Was he in a lot of pain? Was it obvious that he was ill?
LCDR FITZPATRICK: It was an internal injury, internal suffering. He complained of pain, and as I said, the doctors were telling the folks around here that he was in trouble and he needed to get out of here.
MRS. RONDEAU: I already got your earlier story out today, and we’re working on reaching some radio talk show hosts.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: OK, great. You know what I know. We have 37 people in a space designed for 24, with 13 people sleeping on the floor. Take care, Sharon.
Editor’s Note: After finishing the call with LCDR Fitzpatrick, this writer contacted the FBI in Knoxville at 865-544-0751. As reported by readers of The Post & Email this morning, the option for “complaining or asking a question about a case” (option #6) now goes to a voice mail message. A message was left with full identification and phone number stating that if the FBI fails to take action on the Monroe County detention facility soon, The Post & Email will be writing an article about how their inaction has resulted in prolonged medical and physical risk to the inmates there. A similar message was also left with the media contact person.
The calls from LCDR Fitzpatrick are very valuable, as each time we glean more information about the conditions there. However, each call is now costing $25, and The Post & Email cannot sustain the costs. Please assist us in any way you can so that the information from LCDR Fitzpatrick can continue to flow to us until he is out of jail and action is taken to rid Monroe County of its systemic corruption.
A highly-descriptive article about the conditions of Tennessee jails is here.