Update: Fitzpatrick: Monroe County Sheriff’s Department knew of impending assault


by Sharon Rondeau

Has the FBI become just another division of Eric Holder's crooked Department of Justice? Having been notified of evidence of crimes in Monroe County on numerous occasions, what are they doing about it?

(Dec. 17, 2010) — Walter Fitzpatrick has reported this morning that the inmate who tried to punch him in the face yesterday has been formally charged with assault.

Updating yesterday’s report, Fitzpatrick stated Detective Travis Jones of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department met with him at approximately 3:42 p.m. on Thursday afternoon following the attack.  Fitzpatrick said he “made it clear” that he will be filing a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation against the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department upon his release from the detention facility.

Fitzpatrick questioned why he has been moved five times since he entered the jail on October 27, 2010.  “After I was checked in here, I was put in Cell 10; then within a day I was moved to Cell #8 next, then moved into Cell #1 days later.  I spent a good period of time in Cell 1 before being moved from there into Cell #5, and then last Friday, on the tenth of December, I was moved back into Cell #8 for no reason at all.  That makes five moves in 52 days.  There’s something going on with that.  There are men who have been here and stayed in one cell for months at a time.  So this “musical cells” was planned.  There’s something going on.  I can tell you that upon reflecting upon it, Mr. Click’s provocation was dedicated.  He raised up, over and over again, his outrage or his anger or his problem with the fact that I was challenging the grand jury.  There’s more to this; it’s not a coincidence.”

In regard to the safety and well-being of inmates, the Tennessee Code Annotated states:

TCA Section 41-4-101 states:

The sheriff of the county has, except in cases otherwise provided by law, the custody and charge of the jail of the county and of all prisoners committed to the jail and may appoint a jailer, for whose acts the sheriff is civilly responsible.

It appears that the inmate’s assault on Fitzpatrick can be added to a lengthy list of civil rights complaints against the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

Fitzpatrick has reported overcrowding and numerous inmates who actually belong in the state prison system but are being held in the Monroe County jail “against their will.”  Tennessee Code Annotated section 41-8-106 states that a county jail is reimbursed for such inmates, who are not included in the head count of the facility.

Ms. Peggy Sawyer of the Tennessee Corrections Institute obviously kept her word to The Post & Email and ordered an inspection of the jail as reported by Fitzpatrick yesterday.  Initial verbal reports made to The Post & Email which had reportedly come from the jailers stating that the inspectors “had never seen a jail so clean” were evidently mistaken.

The report of the assault on Fitzpatrick has been communicated to both the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As of 2:30 Friday afternoon, we have spoken with the Public Information Officer at the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts  (AOC) regarding our questions on courts and court  transcript procedures.

We also have not received a return call from Ms. Denise Barnes from December 15 at 4:00 p.m., when we contacted her to request a copy of the June 28 Fitzpatrick arraignment transcript.  We were told we would receive a call back as to where to send the money and to whom in order to obtain the document, a copy of which was posted on the internet almost immediately following the hearing.  Ms. Martha Cook, Circuit Court Clerk, has stated that the court does not have a copy.

A website dedicated to Tennessee police, judicial and other acts of misconduct on the part of public officials is updated daily.  According to various sourced articles on the site, sheriff’s deputies and police have been charged and/or convicted of wrongful death, inflicting head injuries on a suspect, and “stealing $29,467 worth of money, weapons and other property from the police department.”

Of the physical attack yesterday, Fitzpatrick stated, “That was done with dedicated provocation.”

Update, December 18, 2010: Ms. Denise Barnes, Monroe County court transcriptionist, contacted The Post & Email this morning and gave us the information on where and to whom to send a money order for $33.00 for the June 28, 2010 Fitzpatrick arraignment transcript.  We will therefore be sending the money on Monday morning, which is to be sent to the court clerk, Ms. Martha Cook, as Ms. Barnes works from home.  The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts has confirmed that court transcriptionists are allowed to work at home if that is more “comfortable” for them.

Walter Fitzpatrick confirmed last evening that he did sustain a mark to the right side of his face from the assault from Mr. Click and was seen by the jail nurse.  He reported that on December 16, when he first notified us of the assault, he had not been aware that any visible injuries had been sustained, hence his response of “None” to the question at that time.

7 Responses to "Update: Fitzpatrick: Monroe County Sheriff’s Department knew of impending assault"

  1. Tonto   Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Walt seems in good spirits and is looking forward to getting out around the 30th. We talked about a bunch of things, the appeal, the bond, and what follows. Evidently no new charges have emanated from the Grand Jury yet so other than the appeal, nothing is pending once he gets out. Click is a known bully and a bit of a nut case but he was “arrested” for the assault and is charged.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Thank you, Tonto.

  2. Alicia Fitzpatrick   Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    I agree with you Jesse. The jailers are being directed to do the dirty work. I would imagine though, by now, some of them must know they are dealing with a man of integrity which far outshines the ignorant, petty and fear driven man they are taking orders from. LCMD Fitzpatrick has the experience of a true leader which always resonates in the hearts of those they come in contact with. His training and commitment are ingrained and as a result he will not be deterred by their juvenile tactics. If anything, his resolve will only get stronger.

  3. A pen   Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Nothing surprises me about the goings on in Tennessee. I doubt the citizens long inhabiting that state are surprised either.

    Unrelated to this or any of what is going on elsewhere is a case of police brutality and a conspiracy to cover it up that is 30 years old. The injuries sustained then have now come to claim their toll and have reached the point they outweigh the threat of death. You see, TN doesn’t have a monopoly on crime or political corruption. It doesn’t even have a monopoly on families holding entire political subdivisions hostage for generations. It also doesn’t have a monopoly on lawyers who are in on the entire process.

  4. Robert   Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    As I posted on THE JAG HUNTER, Walt is another Colonel Hogan… as in HOGAN’S HEROES.

  5. bill   Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    This is pure supposition on my part,but is it possible they (the goons) wanted
    to involve Mr. Fitzpatrick in an altercation to further their trumped up charges
    against him.I certainly wouldn’t put it past them and further moving Mr.Fitzpatrick around for documentation so they could claim Fitz was a troublemaker and refused to get along with anyone he was placed with ? Something is very stinky in Monroe county.

  6. Zeb Blanchard   Friday, December 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    “He has always been dauntless in his resolve, and these cheap tactics won’t defeat him!!!”
    This has been my impression in the few times I have talked with Mr. Fitz.
    And I am sure that he gets comfort from the asides he receives from Sharon during their phone conversations. Just knowing that there are folks on the “outside” working to support Walt’s efforts can keep his spirits up.

  7. Jesse   Friday, December 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    It’s no suprise that Commander Fitpatrick is being moved around.

    He is clearly the de-facto leader of the men he is imprisoned with, so they are trying to prevent him from educating his peers as to the Usurper, corruption at all levels, and the means by which they are being ‘harvested’.

    It’s also a clear attempt to deny him the warmth of friendship and companionship with people he has become familiar with in a familar place…prisoners have so little, so to take this comfort away is appalling.

    They are trying to break him by this constant interjection of uncertainty as to where he will bed down at night or wake up in the morning.

    I’m sure Cdr Fitpatrick is strong enough to withstand this blatant attempt to undermine his efforts to educate the prison pupulace and deny him the comfort that having a stable set of cell mates brings.

    He has always been dauntless in his resolve, and these cheap tactics won’t defeat him!!!

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