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by Sharon Rondeau

So why isn't Sheriff Bill Bivens placed under arrest for the way he runs his jail? Does someone have to die before someone puts handcuffs on HIM?

(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.

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  1. I think this is fairly common at other jails. I have witnessed similar treatment by other inmates in another facility. They would rather let an “accused” suffer than get treatment for real medical conditions. Jails/Prisons are often run by private companies and their bottom line is PROFIT. I echo most of the things Walter is reporting, except I don’t have experience with an overcrowded jail.

    I’ll bet Walter is also sharing his “pod” with inmates that have been convicted and sentenced to State Prison or what is commonly referred to as “D-O-C Hold” (Department of Corrections) and these inmates are usually not supposed to be sharing space with accused (non-convicted/sentenced) people, but that is just another law in most cases.

  2. Monroe County Jailers will let an inmate die before they get treatment. Go back a couple of years when inmate Trena Miller asked for medical help and was refused for more than eight hours before they got a nurse to come to the jail. Trena Miller, in her 30’s, died of a heart attack in jail.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: If this is the same story I’ve heard, the jailers denied her the medication she needed and laughed as they watched her agony as she passed away. This is the epitome of evil, and we must stop it. If you have first-hand experience with Monroe County corruption, please contact me at editor@thepostemail.com. We must shine a light on all of this; it’s the only way it will stop.

  3. I had a case dealing with Federal Law in the Monroe County Court – the judge told me that it was his court room and he would run it any way he liked. He went by TN law.

    My daughter had an Order of Protection on her ex-husband during a very messy divorce. The Clerk Masters office told us that Monroe County did not enforce OOP; when I stated that it is a TN law and they had no choice – we were again told that Monroe County does not enforce OOP. Sheriff deputy incident reports were incomplete and useless. She was being stalked and her car vandalized 3 times….once in full view of a deputy who did nothing.

    20 years ago when my husband, a retired police officer from up north, and I moved here it was just as bad but not as open. We desperately need help!!!!!
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: This is exactly what we thought. Somehow the people did not realize that oversight of their local government was their responsibility. It’s probably been going on for decades. Please contact me at editor@thepostemail to tell us more of your experiences. Your identity will be kept confidential.

  4. Don’t know if anyone realized that TN has elected a new Governor in Bill Haslam. Will he do anything about this? I have my doubts.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: So do I, but I contacted him anyway.

  5. Does Orly Taitz know of LCDR Fitzpatrick’s condition? I know that she is well pre-occupied with her own issues but she seems to be a natural fit given all the background conditions. I emailed her and hopefully she’ll have time to read it.

    1. Paul, the first thought that I had when I read your suggestion
      is that Dr. Taitz has been threatened with being jailed
      several times on her board, by maniacal Obama supporters.
      I would not want to see her anywhere near this case nor
      near TN as they would not hesitate to make up charges
      and she would end up with LCDR Fitzpatrick.

      Aside from that, she has so many cases pending now
      that I doubt she would have the time or energy to
      prepare, much less face down, those hill billy

      True, she is exceptional in her profession but she
      needs to stay safe from a jurisdiction that locks
      someone up without charges and leaves that person
      there without representation and a sadistic ‘law’
      enforcement/judge. That place is like something
      out of a D movie from the 50’s.

      1. I just read on her web site that Miki is planning a march on Nov. 13 and it appears that Dr. Taitz will be
        joining that march which will consist of a number of rallies, from San Diego to D.C. It is called ‘Impeach Obama Day.’

  6. As we work towards getting the news media in there to expose the corruption, keep in mind that LCDR Fitzpatrick is not and has never been a ‘birther’; his original charge against Obama was for treason – having nothing to do with his birth or his birth certificate (the media keeps saying the opposite – in order to marginalize him).

    In the course of his trying to serve the Monroe County Grand Jury with his Treason charges, he uncovered massive corruption in the judiciary and law enforcement, and that is why they are trying to silence him.

    So the media can investigate this – without violating their orders to never, never, talk about the eligibility issue.

    Let the exposure begin.

    1. I think the media, including Fox of course,so fears that somehow this story will cause them to have to mention Obama’s eligibility, or lack thereof, that they will not touch it….same is true for conservative bloggers like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter. Mentioning anything remotely related to Obama’s eligibility just ain’t gonna happen.

      The penalty for mentioning the eligibility issue, (except very rarely and negatively), must be really severe.

    2. Mr. Turner- Thank you for that clarification. I was under the impression he was trying to expose Obama’s ineligibility, too.

      Would you mind clearing up one other confusion (for me and others)- what good would it do for the Cmdr. to address his local grand jury regarding treason charges against Obama. Is that not a Federal issue?

      I’ve had a couple people ask me that, and I’m not sure how to answer it.

      Thank you. And thank you for everything you do.

      I don’t know if you’re on FB or not, but I have started a FB page for the Cmdr. Here is the link if you are interested. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Free-Lt-Cmdr-Walter-Fitzpatrick-From-The-Thugs-In-Monroe-County-TN/156188401089346

      1. The way to answer them is this: With prayer everything is possible.

        We had a very worldly and cynical man who came to our prayer meeting last week. He is also an attorney who constantly makes fun of Walt. He said something negative like “to try to bring a federal crime to a county court is like trying to get on board a jet at a bus station”.

        Our prayer leader put the cynic in his place when he reminded him that prayer can convert a mountain into a mustard seed. The cynics and naysayers will be amazed at the power of prayer.

  7. Walt is fortunate that he is in good health and does not require medication otherwise his life would surely be in jeopardy. They withheld my blood pressure medication for nearly 50 days in the Nashville Jail.

    There were several inmates who had to be hospitalized while I was in the Nashville Jail. One inmate had his medication withheld until he went into a coma. I don’t know if he lived or died, but I did hear of two deaths. Tennessee Jails are full of contagious diseases. Incarceration is horribly debilitating both physically and mentally.

    I hope that Patriots will report the conditions in Tennessee Jails to the National Media until the injustices are exposed.