Private correctional contracts a disaster, costing excessive tax dollars, abusing detainees, incentive for excessive sentencing

November 18, 2014

Read the Sentencing Projects’s report: Dollars and Detainees: the Growth of For Profit Detention, and you will find confirmed that when profit is introduced into public services the result is increased costs, decreased quality, and cover-up of corruption.

“The companies with which ICE and USMS contract, including CCA and the GEO Group, are largely the same ones that have been criticized for their handling of prison operations. More importantly, these companies operate off of the same business models employed in prison privatization that have led to understaffing, negligence, and abuse.107, 108, 109 In addition to harming those housed in contract facilities, private prison companies fail to save taxpayers money, can have a deleterious financial effect on communities,110 and contribute to the continuation of America’s use of mass incarceration and detention.111, 112 These private companies operate within complex and sometimes opaque systems where public and private officials cannot clearly answer questions and where the private companies managing federal detainees are not subject to Freedom of Information requests.113″

The only solution is massive reform of our justice  system which today is an injustice system. Read about the Myth of American Justice as seen in Illinois at this blog and the links listed in it: http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com.

As a wrongfully convicted felon who was sentenced to 2 yrs in prison and 1 yr parole in 2007, I can tell you about abuse, as well as a totally dysfunctional parole system - READ THIS:

http://chicagofbi.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/illinois-department-of-corrections-runs-sham-parole-operation-fbi-where-are-you/

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2012/01/torture-of-dr-linda-shelton-in-illinois.html

Arab history decimated by war, disrespect for culture – WWII continues

November 7, 2014

WWII has not  ended and is continuing relentlessly in the Middle East and Ukraine today. The irrational drawing of boundaries and claiming of land as trophies of war paid little respect to traditional tribal, religious, or cultural boundaries. The result was autocratic rule, dictators, religious fanaticism and the resulting Arab spring which might better be called the last battle of WWII.

It is a cruel irony that the very people who would benefit most from  preservation of their heritage, their monuments, their fantastic World Heritage sites are the ones that are destroying them in the name of religion and  in anger and hatred that never wins.

If the Arab League States and world leaders would hold summits to redraw boundaries around tribal, religious, and cultural lines with fairness for access to natural resources, increase freedom and self-determination, and not encourage violence and destruction, there might be a chance for a quick advance in religious freedom, political stability, respect for all, and preservation of heritage. It is sad that the rest of the world still has greedy wishes to exploit their natural resources rather than guarantee fair market value.

I have no great hope for a quick settlement.  I believe the middle east has set itself on a course of decades of violence and destruction and all sides will be increasingly subject to extremists hardliners and religious fanatics. It is so sad, but the following link I believe is only the beginning of the tragic destruction of the heritage of our cherished Arab friends and their culture. I pray daily that it may not be so. The genocide is continuing. The loss of great minds that could have contributed so much, heritage sites that could have brought money to these countries by encouraging tourism, and a tolerant and cooperative spirit  is so sad.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/05/world/gallery/precious-monuments-lost-in-middle-east-conflicts/index.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl10%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D559489

The Arab League Ambassador has a point that the world should consider.

Fox News Megyn Kelly tries to smear cop victim Brown with false statement about autopsy

October 24, 2014

It is really disturbing to me for arrogant hate-mongers like Megyn Kelly to jump to false conclusions based on her layman interpretation of autopsy reports, as she did when she interviewed the Brown family attorney, Mr. Crump on The Kelly File on Fox News a few days ago.

The autopsy of cop shooting victim Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by Dr. Norfleet, says that he had a wound in his forearm from the back to front. Kelly said (and falsely assumed) based on some statement from another pathologist, Dr. Melinek, that this means he did not have his hands up. This is a false statement. (Note: that the front of the hand is the palm on an anatomic drawing with the arms down at the side of the  body). Also, Dr. Melinek states that she was misquoted in a pathology expert blog here.

Michael Brown could have had his elbow bent and his palm facing his face trying to reflexively protect his face and body from the volley of shots fired at him that seems clearly excessive and perhaps murderous by Officer Wilson.

Every shot is an isolated moment in time.  Each shot does not explain what happened before or after, nor does it explain motivation behind each shot or action.

The autopsy report is also consistent with an innocent person being grabbed by a wildly violent and bullying cop who threatened Brown by pulling out his gun while he had Mr. Brown at his car door, and then Brown with his hand trying to push the gun a way, before getting away from the car.

The witnesses said Brown had his hands up and was 20 feet from the officer’s car when he was hit by a volley of shots, after getting away from the car where the first shot to his hand occurred.

Witnesses said Brown was facing Ofc. Wilson at that point. The two shots to his chest and shot to his upper arm are consistent with that story.

If his right elbow was bent and his palm faced his face then the forearm wound would be “back to front”. It proves nothing about the position of his arms just before being shot by the volley from Ofc. Wilson’s weapon.

The fact that the chest wounds were somewhat  downward and both head wounds were clearly from the top downward means that Brown was either falling down with his head below the level of Ofc. Wilson’s gun or nearly crawling towards Wilson when Brown was shot in the head twice (one bullet at the top of his head downward and one from the forehead down through his face and out his jaw – not straight on backward, but downward).

The pathologist who made statements about the autopsy by Dr. Norfleet, Dr. Judy Melinek, cautioned that her statements were not definitive and that there were many possible explanations for the wound to his hand and arm.

The forearm wound could also have occurred if Brown was running away from Ofc. Wilson and had his arm down at his side, but who runs with their  palms facing forward?  This is unlikely.

The wound to his hand does not prove Brown was trying to grab the gun and shoot Ofc. Wilson.  It could also mean that Ofc. Wilson was trying to shoot unarmed Brown and Brown was trying to save his life by pushing the gun away!

Brown could have had his hands up, but when he started to be shot with the first bullets then turned his palm towards his face as he was falling down on his face.

The autopsy report can only collaborate the reports of witnesses.  I believe a half-dozen witnesses would not all lie about what they saw.

Clearly, the only way Brown could be shot in the very top of his head downward (as a tall man) by an officer, is if  his head was lower than the gun or at the level of the gun, which would have easily occurred as Brown was collapsing from the chest wounds and falling on his face.

Why would the  Ofc. shoot a man twice in the head when he is nearly on the ground after already shooting him five times?  That to me is homicide.

If Brown was committing a crime is not the issue. The degree of force used by Officer Wilson is the issue. Brown was unarmed! Whether Brown was 100 lbs or 300 lbs should also not make too much of a difference if, as the witnesses appear to be saying, Brown was not within arms reach of Wilson, so did not pose an immediate threat to him after he ran away from the police car.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that it is not legal for an officer to use lethal force against a nondangerous suspect running away in the following case where police shot a 15 yr old in the back of the head and killed him, when he was trying to climb over a fence and flee after attempting a buglary: Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985).

Memphis, Tennessee, 1974. Police are looking for a prowler. They spot an unarmed teenager in the back yard. He tries to get away, climbing over a chain-link fence. A policeman shoots the boy in the back of the head.

“The use of deadly force to prevent the escape of all felony suspects, whatever the circumstances, is constitutionally unreasonable. It is not better that all felony suspects die than that they escape. Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so. It is no doubt unfortunate when a suspect who is in sight escapes, but the fact that the police arrive a little late or are a little slower afoot does not always justify killing the suspect. A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead.”  Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985).

Autopsy proves NYP killed Eric Garner

August 2, 2014

UPDATE: The New York Medical Examiner has ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide [ clearly by cop - so lets get an arrest!].

Autopsy result reveal Mr. Garner died of being placed in a chokehold and his chest  compressed during arrest, with contributing factors his asthma, obesity, the position he was in and heart disease.   As a physician and pathologist I am convinced after viewing the video that not only did they kill him with illegal chokehold, but they were grossly negligent in not immediately starting CPR. This is such an egregious situation and willful and knowing misconduct that I believe anything less than severe criminal charges and penalties, plus a civil rights  suit with a huge award to the family would be total injustice.

This should teach paramedics that when a life is concerned they must intervene and ignore the police. These paramedics by REFUSING to do their job are accomplices and should also be punished and never again allowed to work as paramedics.

Death of Eric Garner in NYC gross negligence of officers and paramedics

July 21, 2014

I just finished viewing the videos of the arrest and death of Eric Garner. I believe he was not given sufficient time and space to comply with the officers. They appeared to gang up on him and bully him rather than tell him he was under arrest and for what and then allow him a little space and time to comply. They just vigorously acted like a dog  pack to bring him to the ground. He did not seem to provoke them on the video.

As a physician and medical researcher I believe that he was choked until he was struggling to breath and then his chest was compressed by position (forced hands behind his back when he was so obese they should have considered using more handcuffs or cuffing him in front as he did not seem to be resisting.  He complained about having difficulty breathing and they did nothing (didn’t help him sit up or take off the cuffs or put extra cuffs on to lengthen them so he wasn’t squeezed so much.

Then as he was  dying and losing his  pulse, becoming clearly unresponsive and not answering the officers, not one officer or  paramedic made any effort to carefully assess his level of consciousness, do mouth to mouth resuscitation or take an ambu bag and breath for him.  There was no CPR for more than five minutes on the video while he lay unconscious, totally unresponsive.

This is gross incompetence or willful medical neglect  or even negligent homicide.

I am appalled, but not stunned. The  Chicago Police and Cook County Sheriff as well as Cook County jail staff are just as bad. I am a victim of unlawful arrest, unlawful incarceration and medical neglect and abuse. I am lucky to be alive.

Hearings should be held in Congress and every state legislature about such cases which are far too common.  Any officer or paramedic who fails to intervene and attempt to save a life,  or attempt to at least keep a person breathing should be fired. There is no excuse for every officer on the scene and every paramedic on the scene not rapidly intervening. They are all trained in CPR and how to recognize when someone is unconscious or not breathing.  Apparently they are either prejudiced, incompetent, or inadequately trained.  I cannot rule out that the medical neglect was intentional on the part of some of the officers.

See:

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2012/01/torture-of-dr-linda-shelton-in-illinois.html

http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com

http://cookcountysheriffdeputies.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Our depraved justice system must be stopped

January 29, 2013

Murderers in Illinois received sentences in the past of 20-30 years and were released in half the time. Aiding a terrorist in developing a nuclear weapon will put you in jail for 20 years.

However, our justice system is disproportionate in regards to sentences against those who are are addressing civil rights and wrongfully charged, against activists for judicial reform, against those who are advocating for freedom of information, and against patriots who commit peaceful protests and civil disobedience.

For downloading scientific papers where the research was paid by taxpayers led to charges that could lead to a 50 year sentence against Aaron Swartz.

Read about it here.

I was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly “bumping” an officer with my wheelchair. Read about it here. The fraudulent prosecution where Sgt. Anthony Salemi attacked me in my wheelchair after sending away witnesses, then falsified his record and said I attacked him, then committed perjury is here.

I was summarily sentenced (NO TRIAL!) to 16 months in jail for the legal act of filing a next-friend petition for writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Annabel Melongo (read here story here). I have appealed all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court and they refused to enforce their previous holdings or the Bill of Rights here.

American Justice is a Myth!

The line has now been crossed and we must do something. Please help by spreading the word about these injustices and spreading the links to these web sites here, here, here, and here.

Write politicians and ask for Congressional testimony about corruption in our courts and police departments.

Tweet, email, spread in every social networking site, contact the press, seek a celebrity to help us with this cause of reforming corrupt courts, ask wealthy friends to help start a foundation to assist those of us whose civil rights are denied, to train the public how to defend themselves against corrupt courts, and publicize the myth of American justice.

We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us

Don’t stop complaining and educating. Here are some places where you can write letters:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
By Phone:
Dial 311 (within Chicago)
If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000

The Honorable Eric Holder
United States Attorney Attention: Public Corruption Task Force
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

US Attorney for Northern Illinois
United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
219 S. Dearborn St., 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 353-5300

United States Judicial Conference
Care of Honorable Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
The Honorable John Roberts
United States Supreme Court
1 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20543

COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:

Phone Number

President Toni Preckwinkle

312-603-6400

Robert Steele

312-603-3019

Larry Suffredin

312-603-6383

Earlean Collins

312-603-4566

Timothy O. Schneider

312-603-6388

Jerry Butler

312-603 6391

Elizabeth Doody Gorman

312-603-4215

Joan Patricia Murphy

312-603-4216

Jeffrey R. Tobolski

312-603-6384

Bridget Gainer

312-603-4210

John A. Fritchey

312-603-6380

William M. Beavers

312-603-2065

Gregg Goslin

312-603-4932

Edwin Reyes

312-603-6386

Jesus G. Garcia

312-603-5443

Deborah Sims

312-603 6381

Peter N. Silvestri

312-603-4393

John P. Daley

312-603-4400

Commissioner Email addresses:

r.steele@robertsteele.org

earlean.collins@cookcountyil.gov

jerry.butler@cookcountyil.gov

joan.murphy@cookcountyil.gov

commissioner@bridgetgainer.com

edwin.reyes@cookcountyil.gov

deborah.sims@cookcountyil.gov

john.daley@cookcountyil.gov

larry.suffredin@cookcountyil.gov

tim.schneider@cookcountyil.gov

liz@lizgorman.com

commish@fritchey.com

commissioner.goslin@cookcountyil.gov

Jesus.Garcia@cookcountyil.gov

Act in accord with ANONYMOUS – take up your personal responsibility!

January 26, 2013

Take on your personal reponsibility – Download,  share, produce, be free! – YOU ARE ANONYMOUS! Anonymous, the first true democracy has risen! Anonymous is true freedom! It is the force of the people on the Internet.  It cannot be stopped.  It was used in the Arab Spring.  It is a force for good.  It makes the world transparent.  It exposes corruption. If you use it, you are a force for good. Please put details of government corruption on the Internet! Let the peoople know!

On TechCrunch.com a commenter, AaronSw89691841 5pts, explained today about ANONYMOUS.  If you don’t understand the concept please read:

For links to videos about examples of ANONYMOUS actions click these links:

Anonymous – What is It?
Anonyous operation last resort - the beginning of the Internet War against government corruption and for freedom of information – started 1/26/13
Anonymous campaign against pedophile Internet site
Anonymous hack Syrian Pres. Assad’s emails
Anonymous Operation Egypt
Anonymous Operation Westburo Baptist Church
How Anonymous stopped Karl Rove from Stealing Ohio Again in 2011

“As there is much confusion and misunderstanding about what ANONYMOUS is and does exactly, we’d like to take this opportunity to elucidate our goals, ideology and ontological status.

First and foremost, it is important to realize that ANONYMOUS – in fact – does not exist.

ANONYMOUS is nothing but an idea, an internet meme, that can be appropriated by anyone, anytime to rally for a common cause that’s in the benefit of humankind.

This means anyone can launch a new ideological message or campaign under the banner of ANONYMOUS.

Anyone can take up a leading role in the spreading of the ANON-consciousness.

Whether or not these appropriations are legitimate is decided by the rest of the internet citizenry.

If the majority of the public agrees with a proposed appropriation, then the public will act.

If the majority of the public disagrees with a proposed appropriation, then the public will protest and label the message in question as not legitimate and thus not representing the values of ANONYMOUS.

This makes ANONYMOUS the first really democratic institution in the world, necessarily being good by definition.

This does not mean there can’t be ‘bad’ actions presented as coming from ANONYMOUS, but if the people do not agree with these actions, then these actions are – by definition – not undertaken by ANONYMOUS.

ANONYMOUS believes the only legitimate form of power is that power which rests on widespread public consent, and so there is not one person or group of people who can ever claim to be ANONYMOUS.

If you see someone talking about his or her membership and activity within ANONYMOUS – be sure this is a fraud.

ANONYMOUS does not exist, so one can only speak as ANONYMOUS in a depersonalized manner.

Yes – this means YOU are ANONYMOUS.

Take up your personal responsibility!

Download, share, produce – be free!

Because YOU are ANONYMOUS!

ANONYMOUS does exist!

Anonymous is for Freedom

We are Anonymous, We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

Support ANONYMOUS – Stop Government Corruption!

January 26, 2013

I support ANONYMOUS in their actions against government corruption announced today. Read my announcement of my support with links to their video specifying how the Internet War against government corruption has begun.

Suggested plan to stop gun violence in America

December 29, 2012

SUGGESTED PLAN TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA -

TO BE DEBATED AND DISCUSSED BY EXPERTS IN ALL FIELDS

INCLUDING LAW, MILITARY, NRA, HEALTHCARE, MENTAL HEALTH, POLICE, PRISONS  AND JAILS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS, AND PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS ON ALL SIDES OF THE DEBATE IN A TRANSPARENT MANNER!

  1. America has 5% of the world population but its citizens own 50% of the privately owned guns the world. Tax ammunition outrageously like we tax cigarettes. Considering outlawing owning more than a few weapons needed by one person to be a member of a militia unless they have extensive mental health examination and background check.
  2. Half of gun deaths are suicides.  Triple mental healthcare spending and  vastly improve access to mental healthcare.
  3. Vastly increase opportunities for teens and young adults for jobs and after school activities. Idle minds are the devil’s  playground. Re-instate the Civilian Conservation Corps started in the Roosevelt era.
  4. Outlaw high capacity ammunition magazines and give deadline to turn them in – do not grandfather them. An untrained person having      to change clips would slow down mass murders.
  5. Tax guns at enormous rate with goal of decreasing ratio of guns to number of Americans to half as many within 5 years. Increase availability of voluntary turn in of weapons without consequences.  Destroy weapons turned in and do not resell them.
  6. Outlaw semi-automatic rifles and handguns. Have a panel of experts including military and NRA representatives determine this issue. No grandfather clause.  Maybe allow some stored in gun clubs to mentally certified people, who have  undergone careful background check as to mental health as well as had an  interview by a trained psychologist. Do not allow storage of these weapons in a home where everyone is not certified.
  7. Massive education effort to teach not to stigmatize  mentally ill and to recognize need for mental healthcare.  Teach that most mentally ill people are  harmless, most gun deaths are NOT caused by the mentally ill, but that serious mass murders may be caused by a few very disturbed people who need  help BEFORE they murder someone.
  8. Massively increase training requirements for law enforcement officers and prison guards to include training about mental illness and psychology (at least one year of classes and rotation through  mental health facilities as part of code gray teams and counseling teams).  Three months of post high school      training is not adequate to be employed as a jail or prison guard.  This will take a 5-10 year transition as our police forces are so incredibly undertrained. Parole officers should be required even more training. Study how many peace officers were involved in murder with their own guns or whose guns were used for suicide or accidental shootings.
  9. Vastly improve our education system in the U.S. to  include domestic violence and pre-marital counseling, financial  responsibility, and child development, as well as mental health issues.  Require students to volunteer to help the elderly, the disabled, or the mentally challenged so they understand that the disabled and mentally  challenged are not automatically dangerous.
  10. Close loopholes so that NO gun may be exchanged or sold without check with a national database.
  11. Have intense discussion/analysis as to what diagnoses or mental certification should cause inclusion in database as the vast majority of the mentally ill are not dangerous. Forcing all that  have been treated or hospitalized for mental illness into a database would be grossly unfair.
  12. Judicial reform to take corruption out of our court system and vastly reform family courts thus lowering the extreme suicide rate among veterans and the population due to false defamation of character and wrongful termination of child custody rights.
  13. Do not put all felons in database as most are not  dangerous concerning guns – analyze this more carefully.
  14. Make national effort to put in place system to help wrongfully convicted felons overturn their convictions so that the database is not overtaxed by excessive numbers of people who are mentally  stable but wrongfully accused of being mentally ill or have been defamed and wrongfully convicted felons, or non-violent felons.
  15. Make higher penalties for storing weapons without trigger locks and other appropriate safety measures.

Newton, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine – type shootings WILL NOT STOP and WILL ESCALATE until we educate about, make access easy to, and fund mental health care

December 16, 2012

I am a retired pediatrician in Chicago.  I also have a PhD in pathology and trained for six months in forensic pathology observing and participating in autopsies including many gunshot victims. In addition I was medical director of a mental health care group practice. I know what I am talking about as I have treated babies and children who have been boiled, beaten, shot, and shaken.  I have smelled their burned flesh and held their brain tissue in my hand.  I have attended their autopsies. The destruction of tissue by high-powered weapons is unbelievable.  Tissues explode inside of you as the tissue is vaporized and the bullets wobble and gas from heated vaporized tissue expands the damage. There is absolutely no reason for high-powered, high magazine capacity weapons for civilian use. I fear though that it will take decades to confiscate them all as there are millions out there and millions of high capacity magazines.  Too many people do not secure their weapons and too many can buy them without background checks. The ratio of weapons to people in this country is so astonishing it is beyond belief.  No weapons ban will fully work until we start taking this ratio down.

However we have to start somewhere like limiting the availability of high-capacity magazines and certain types of bullets.  Although limiting guns in UK and Australia has worked well, it won’t work so easily in America where 5% of the world population has 50% of weapons owned  by civilians!  What are we going to do?  Have a massive confiscation campaign?  Eliminate the 2nd Amendment? NO!  We must close the loopholes concerning background checks.  We must start banning semiautomatic weapons to some extent and slow down their  proliferation.  The number in this country already is more than we will ever need. We must link all background registries at the national level. BUT! How are we going to  define mental illness that makes a person dangerous and that deserves to put them on the registry?  How are we going to help wrongfully convicted felons clear their names.  Are all felons deserving of having a ban on owning fire arms?  I think NOT!

I was wrongfully  convicted of aggravated battery of an officer for “bumping” him with my wheelchair and sentenced to two years in prison, a false charge as Sgt. Anthony Salemi actually attacked me in my wheelchair, falsified his records and committed perjury. Now Chief Judge Evans in Cook County is banning all cell phones from courthouses as the eavesdropping law was declared unconstitutional so no citizen can document corruption of Sheriff officers and judges in courthouses even outside of the courtrooms!

We have no choice with this amount of weapons in our country and t he impossibility of banning them due to the numbers already out there, but to make schools as secure as courthouses.  This is the sorry reality and it will cost us dearly – causing fear in our children and enormous government expenditures. Our 2nd Amendment with the technological advances in weapons and astonishing proliferation of weapons in the hands of citizens in America make us a dangerous overly armed population.

We MUST increase the requirements for police officers training and education.  We have a pitifully under trained and corrupt law enforcement legacy in this country. Read my blogs in the following.  We are now even killing a whole lot of people unnecessarily with Tasers!

We also must MASSIVELY increase our funding for mental health care.  We need 30,000 certified child psychiatrists but only have about 5,000 in this country.  We have been forced to choose between drugging people and providing cognitive or talking therapy.  Drugging won as our healthcare system won’t pay to talk to anyone.  I believe however that talking therapies are critical and drugging often does more harm than good!

Those doctors who do procedures (cardiac and ortho surgery for example) get obscenely high payments while psychiatrists, psychologists, and general practitioners, as well as pediatricians and family practitioners are the lowest paid.  We also pay by the pound.  My patients (Vincent triplets) are in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “lightest triplets in the world” (1997 edition), yet I was paid $50 to put in central lines into ultra premees while vascular surgeons were paid $500 to put in central lines into adults! Go figure! Our priorities are goofy.

Our justice system is so corrupt that honest  harmless people like me are wrongfully convicted (in my case in retaliation for whistle blowing against corrupt police and officials – see my other blogs links to the right) and criminals know all the loopholes.  Some of the most dangerous people are very intelligent and also mentally ill yet are not even in the mental healthcare system.

I fear the backlash against most mentally ill people who are harmless.

I fear that people with post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) will be discriminated against and labeled wrongfully as dangerous. I suffer from PTSD and although I am a non-violent pacifist, I cower and swing my arms in front of my head trying to defend myself against flashbacks of being beaten by corrupt  police (I have been beaten several times and falsely accused of attacking these officers – see my blogs: http://cookcountysheriffdeputies.wordpress.com and http://cookcountyjudges.wordpress.com). This massacre in Newtown has caused me to have more flashbacks revisiting seeing wounded and dying children in the emergency rooms where I worked in Chicago 10-20 years ago.

There is NO mental health care in America; no understanding, respect and compassion for the mentally ill; no support for their families; no help available; just disdain, disrespect, hatred, blame, and ignorance. LaPierre’s and others’ descriptions of mentally ill shooters as “lunatics” and other derogatory terms I would rather not repeat makes the defamation against the mentally ill even worse.

Would you blame a person for becoming sick with cancer or being born with a deformity?  Yet we blame the criminally insane and defame them as evil!  We are a very sick society!

I treated a boy who attempted suicide and when I was releasing him from the hospital, the major university children’s hospitals in Chicago and its suburbs said they didn’t take these kids in transfer who didn’t have insurance (Loyola University, Northwestern University Medical Center, Rush Medical Center, Christ Hospital affiliated with the United Church of Christ and part of Advocate Healthcare) they had a year-long waiting list (Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Center), they only took transfers to their mental health unit of persons on Medicaid who lived in their zip  code (University of Chicago); or such other lame excuses all due to the country refusing to pay for mental health care.

I tried to testify in juvenile court that an aunt who was trying to help her nephew, whose parents were in prison for murder, had a child who was dangerous due to his mental illness, a liar and that the aunt was not a child abuser. Instead the child needed hospitalization and mental health care for life. He may grow up to be a mass murderer.  His aunt was falsely labeled a child abuser due to the child’s lies without a legitimate fair due process court hearing. The aunt lost custody of the boy and his brothers. The children were placed in foster care or given to their criminal drug dealing and gang member relatives who the aunt had protected them from. He has already become a rapist and was in prison for a year. His brothers have become burglars and teen drug dealers under the wings of their relatives and the lives of the brother who were doing well with the aunt have been ruined by the Cook County judges and court system.   We need extensive judicial reform!  I would love to testify before Congress.

Instead the judge threw me out of the courtroom, declared I was not a reliable witness, instead listened to a child welfare worker who had a few months training after getting a bachelor’s degree in psychology, ended up destroying my career and now corrupt officials arrested me on many false criminal charges and jailed me in retaliation after I began this campaign to get help for these  people.  Read my other blogs: here, herehere, here & here. The corrupt officials who divert Social Security Title IV-D funds from helping families to judicial pensions and fees for incompetent court-appoint hacks who claim to do mental health evaluations and claim to evaluate family situations (child representatives and guardian ad litums in divorce and custody cases), vilify anyone who tries to change the system and get the country to really look at mental health care, custody decisions, divorce courts, and misuse of government funds because we threaten their illegal funding stream. Read about that here.

Until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as “Obamacare”, patterned after “Romneycare” in Massachusetts, is in full swing and expanded to deal with mental health care and cover all Americans as a universal single  payer health care system, none of these mothers will have help and the shootings will continue. Victims also need access to mental health care.

See my suggested 15 point plan to address gun violence and gun deaths in America here: https://twitter.com/DrLindaShelton (1/2 of them are suicides and most are not mass murders but are murders by people known to the victims – 11,000 per year in the U.S.  – compared to about 35-50 in either England or Australia who have both banned and confiscated weapons after mass murders in schools).

Please consider joining the group “Newtown United” on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/NewtownUnited

The following is a MUST READ that has begun this conversation: http://anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.com/2012/12/thinking-unthinkable.html

The following poem expresses all of our grief and sadness: http://newtown.patch.com/blog_posts/dear-santa-7cbef59a

Statement by former Representative and victim of shooting Gabby Giffords husband Kelly at her shooter’s sentencing excoriating the government and Gov. for not dealing with gun violence and mental illness: http://jezebel.com/5959149/gabby-giffords-husband-stares-down-her-shooter-gabby-and-i-are-done-thinking-about-you


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