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Man accused of stealing $5 in snacks died in jail as he waited for space at mental hospital

Fairfax jail inmate in Taser death was shackled

By Tom Jackman and Justin Jouvenal April 11, 2015

A mentally ill woman who died after a stun gun was used on her at the Fairfax County jail in February was restrained with handcuffs behind her back, leg shackles and a mask when a sheriff’s deputy shocked her four times, incident reports obtained by The Washington Post show.

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Natasha McKenna initially cooperated with deputies, placed her hands through her cell door food slot and agreed to be handcuffed, the reports show. But McKenna, whose deteriorating mental state had caused Fairfax to seek help for her, then began trying to fight her way out of the cuffs, repeatedly screaming, “You promised you wouldn’t hurt me!” the reports show.

Then, six members of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, dressed in white full-body biohazard suits and gas masks, arrived and placed a wildly struggling 130-pound McKenna into full restraints, their reports state. But when McKenna wouldn’t bend her knees so she could be placed into a wheeled restraint chair, a lieutenant delivered four 50,000-volt shocks from the Taser, enabling the other deputies to strap her into the chair, the reports show.

Within minutes of being shocked by the Taser, McKenna stopped breathing. The reports show that jail deputies were unable to revive her using CPR and that her heart was stopped for about 20 minutes before paramedics revived her in the ambulance en route to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her heart then stopped three more times over the next hour before she was stabilized, according to the sheriff’s deputies’ reports.


Michael Anthony Kerr, Inmate With Schizophrenia, Died Of Thirst After 35 Days Of Solitary

From The Washington Post: Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown

‘Gentle Giant’ Dies After NYPD Cop Puts Him In Chokehold


Eric Garner, 43

Eric Garner, 43

From Huffington Post:

A New York resident died Thursday after police officers put the man, who was asthmatic, in a chokehold before apparently slamming his head on the ground.

The New York Daily News obtained exclusive video of the incident, which shows Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, begging officers to let him breathe, as he lies on the ground helpless.

Now, his family is demanding accountability from the NYPD.

Police said Garner, who was a married father of six children, died of a heart attack, during the arrest, according to The Associated Press.

Looks like New York, again, using lethal force against a non violent man. With no reports of mental illness, this is just another case of incompetent police, with an overly-militarized mindset, using overly-lethal tactics, to kill a defenseless man.






Rikers Guards Beat Mentally Ill Inmates With Impunity



Rikers Island Jail in New York City

(Article by Devin Spak. Newser Staff):

Guards at Rikers Island don’t just neglect the mentally ill or let them bake to death, they also routinely brutally beat them, often without suffering any repercussions, a New York Times investigation has discovered. The Times uncovered a secret report compiled by a city department this year that found that 129 Rikers inmates suffered “serious injuries” in altercations with staff members over an 11-month span last year; 77% of those inmates had a mental health diagnosis. In most cases, the inmates were beaten while handcuffed.

The Times investigated the incidents individually, and offer some disturbing details:

When guards found Jose Bautista trying to hang himself, they saved him, but then allegedly threw him to the ground and punched him with such force that they perforated his bowel. It was one of five beatings noted in the report that followed a suicide attempt. Bautista needed emergency surgery, but guards took nine hours to drive him to the hospital—which is only 15 minutes away.
When Andre Lane threw water or urine at guards, they allegedly handcuffed him to a gurney, wheeled him to a clinic that wasn’t monitored by security cameras, and beat him so violently that the walls and cabinets were covered with his blood.

After Brian Mack complained that guards were stealing inmates’ food, a guard captain allegedly hit him in the eye with his radio, while another officer punched him in the jaw. He came away with a broken eye socket and jaw. Correction officials said he’d been in a fight with another inmate, but investigators noted no such fight was logged in prison records.

None of the guards involved in any of the cases have faced criminal charges—or even administrative ones. Rikers has been under pressure to reform its treatment of mentally ill inmates—in January, for example, it announced it would stop putting the “seriously mentally ill” in solitary, though the Times notes that classification applies to a small segment of the population.

Last week an oversight board said the newly-appointed city jail commissioner had in June illegally sent as many as 47 mentally ill Rikers inmates to solitary without consulting clinicians, the AP reports.

Dodging the Blame (Petr Svab, Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill De Blasio dodged responsibility and promised change. The mayor was quick to point out the report “obviously focused on events that took place last year in the previous administration.”

Yet the report also noted a 30 percent increase in the use of force against inmates this year, after De Blasio took over.

Sounds like NYC and Mayor Bill De Blasio qualify as Neurofools.

NYC’s Rikers Island holds prisoners for one year or less, thus qualifying as a jail, rather than prison.


Police Kill Another Portland Homeless Man.


Why was 23-year old Nick Davis, who suffered from schizophrenia, living in the Oregon woods? Could the woods be society’s new treatment plan for the mentally ill? Trees instead of psychiatrists, birds instead of nurses, police instead of social work specialists, bullets instead of  pills? In this case, a crowbar was his prescription for death.

Nick Davis Composite

Above is a compilation I made from Nick’s police mugshot. Looking at the parts of his face reveals multiple vulnerabilities, obvious youthfulness, fears and anxieties. It humanizes the mugshot below. In parts of his face, we see a young man; some mother’s son.

Nick Davis

The police mugshot only shows a criminal.

Is it the police’s fault? Whether or not Davis was in a state of delusion, or just surprised by two men on his woodsy path, and trying to protect himself, is moot. He is dead, summarily executed for his reaction. Whether he deserved to die is also moot. Apparently, the police believed he did. The world is dangerous; with delusional people on pathways.

Perhaps the ultimate responsibility lies with us. One could blame the coarsening of our culture, the superficiality of our technological focus, but maybe it is just our indifference, inability, or ennui. Anyway, Nick Davis’s life will be celebrated with a wood cross, placed somewhere in the woods, maybe eventually graced by a trillium or licorice fern, probably off the beaten path, eulogized by some unknown and soon to be forgotten person.

It could be an obstruction for some bicyclist or hiker. Even a nuisance for a family picnic. After all, they pay taxes.

The official version:

Fox !2 News Portland, Or

Friends question use of force in police shooting

Posted: Jun 14, 2014 11:13 PM PDTUpdated: Jun 15, 2014 6:55 PM PDT

Simon Gutierrez reported:

Close friends of a man shot and killed by a Portland Police officer Thursday morning question whether deadly force was necessary to subdue the man.

Brandon Mitchell, who has been friends with 23-year-old Nick Davis since grade school, said Davis suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia but was not a violent man.

“He just needed support and needed people to help him,” said Mitchell.

Officers confronted Davis, who is homeless, after a call for an assault near SE Foster and 103rd Avenue Thursday morning. They said Davis then brandished a crowbar and advanced toward them. While retreating, one of the officers fell, and Davis continued swinging the crowbar, so the second officer fired his weapon, fatally wounding Davis.

Mitchell said he believes officers should have tried less drastic measures to subdue his friend.

‘Pepper spray him, tase him, or do something just to disarm him. They should not have shot him,” said Mitchell.

On Saturday night, Mitchell and a handful of Davis’ other friends placed a wooden cross, pictures and candles near the area where he died.



Rikers Island? Again?

Inmate Died After 7 Days In Rikers Island Jail Cell

Bradley Ballard

We Have a Schizophrenic Relationship with Porn.


Amanda Duberman of the Huffington Post, in her article 8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex, 04/07/2014,  uses the above title “We Have a Schizophrenic Relationship with Porn” to describe an aspect of American sexual disfunction.

She writes:

Given the degree of cognitive dissonance Americans have about sex, it’s no surprise that we’re equally conflicted about filming and watching other people do it. As the fourth largest consumer of porn globally, America both consumes pornography and vilifies those who star in it.

But surely, those who claim the most traditional views on sex and porn are least likely to consume it, right? The numbers suggest otherwise: A 2009 Harvard Business School study found that porn consumption is highest in conservative red states.

If she thinks that people who vilify porn and also watch it are hypocrites, she should use the term hypocritical in her title to stigmatise people who choose to say one thing and do another,  or perhaps the term sex addict, and not the term, schizophrenic which is a stigmatic way to describes people who suffer, through no fault of their own, from the serious neurological condition, known as schizophrenia.

In doing so, Amanda Duberman, and the Huffington Post use the word, schizophrenia, to cast a bad light on the people suffering from this condition. Duberman and the Huffington Post (again) qualify as Neurofools.

In the past, I have equated neurofoolish acts with not just stigma, but hate. Why do people repeatedly ridicule those least likely to defend themselves?  By the frequency, one might say it is  like an uncontrollable Tourette Syndrome. However, if one did say that, he would succomb to the very same language that defines a neurofool:  using a medical condition to mock or criticize something completely unrelated.

Perhaps only someone suffering from Tourette’s or Schizophrenia, or their relatives or friends, would be offended from reading the above article. But nevertheless, the stigma takes on a life of its own.

It is a tangled web we weave. But that is the point, to be aware and sensitive,  and make a conscious choice.

Ars Technica (technology news and information website), in an article by Chris Foresman, describes Apple’s policy like this:  “Apple’s App Store schizophrenia driving developers crazy.”


Ars Technica criticizes Apple’s IPhone’s policy regarding which third-party software applications are fit for distribution—rejecting on the basis of limited functionality, ones like “Both Pull My Finger” that makes farting noises and “Cool O’ Meter, that measures how “cool” your are; while paradoxically accepting in their App Store many others that flip virtual coins, pop virtual shipping bubbles, or serve you virtual beer.

Unfortunately, Mr. Foresman uses the term “schizophrenia” (a serious medical condition that many patients suffer from) to disparagingly headline a computer company’s marketing techniques, as well as includes the phrase “driving developers crazy”. This attitude is cruel, careless, clueless, and perpetuates stigma.  Therefore, Ars Technica qualifies as a Neurofool.

Taking the company view, the first published commenter states;  “Apple is [being] pretty schizo.” Evidently, stigma and hatred are contagious.

Ars Technica (which has 171,000 likes on facebook) is a technology news and information website created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998. It publishes news, reviews and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games. Many of the site’s writers are postgraduates, and some work for research institutions. Articles on the website are written in a less formal tone than those in traditional journals.

On March 5, 2010, Ars Technica experimentally blocked readers who used Adblock Plus—one of several computer programs that stop advertisements from being displayed in their browser—from viewing the website. Fisher estimated 40% of the website’s readers had the software installed at the time. The next day, the block was lifted. WIKI

If Ars Technica followed their own stigmatic logic regarding changing one’s mind or sending mixed messages, I suppose they would consider themselves neurologically challenged. But I doubt they would call themselves “schizo”.