“ORCHESTRATED” OR NOT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 11, 2018) — In a memo dated February 25, TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, reported that the “harassment” which he said began last month on the night shift recurred on the prior Friday and Saturday nights.
Initially, Harmer described a correction officer entering his cell at 10:38 p.m. and awakening him for no valid reason on two occasions. Harmer said he interpreted the guard’s actions as sexually suggestive and reported them to MCCX Warden Shawn Phillips.
“Once again 3rd shift is harassing me,” Harmer told Phillips. “I know darn well Nashville hasn’t told you to wake inmates up at 10:30 pm. They aren’t smart but they’re not totally stupid…This is your doing.”
Harmer contended that on the most recent occasions, he “was rudely awoke by a loud bang on my window” by a correction officer he described as “a young smart alec.”
“You’ve allowed this to continue in attempts to break me,” Harmer wrote to Phillips. However, he asserted that he is “unbreakable.”
Harmer has previously sent grievances, memos, letters and “Administrative Notices” to Phillips, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker, and numerous members of the media regarding such conditions as no heat in his and others’ cells over a lengthy period of time this winter; smaller-than-average food portions and unsanitary food practices; prescription medications discontinued without cause; and an assault by a gang member which he said was “orchestrated,” causing Harmer to be placed in protective custody (PC) last summer.
Harmer has also written to reflect improvements in the same conditions, specifically in the area of food service in late January.
However, he has also reported that his placement in PC has never been reviewed, in violation of TDOC Administrative Policy 404.09.