Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mentally Ill Homeless Veteran Left to ‘Bake to Death’ in 100+ Degree Rikers Island Jail Cell

Melissa Melton
Activist Post

In a country that puts more people per capita in prison than any other on the planet, stories like this one continue to highlight what a complete failure our nation’s criminal justice system is.

A mentally ill, homeless veteran charged with trespassing was basically left to die at New York City’s Rikers Island in a stifling hot jail cell where temps reached over 100 degrees last month.

Fifty-six-year-old former Marine Jerome Murdough, a man diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was arrested last month after he was found sleeping in a stairwell in a Harlem public housing project. Instead of getting the man some help, New York’s finest thought it much more appropriate to arrest him, where the system imparted “justice” by seeing fit to stick him with a $2,500 bail he obviously could not afford to pay before finally hauling him off to Rikers Island and placing him in a special observation unit for prisoners with mental illnesses.

It goes without saying they did not do a very good job of observing Murdough.

In a place where according to weather forecasts, the temperatures never got much higher than the low 50s last month, a man was allowed to bake to death in a hot little room.

Instead of taking responsibility for being part of a system that has failed at every conceivable level possible to the point that a life was needlessly lost, the “officials” involved are reportedly making various excuses that simply aren’t good enough.

They claim the extreme heat was due to an equipment malfunction. They claim the anti-psychotic and anti-seizure medications Murdough was taking made him more susceptible to heat. The deceased vet himself is even being blamed for not opening a small vent in the cell that would’ve allowed more air in like other inmates apparently do.

At least someone somewhere admitted Murdough should have been looked after more frequently, as standard procedure is every 15 minutes in that particular section of the prison and no one had actually checked on Murdough for at least four hours before he died.

The temperatures in the cell reportedly could have gone much hotter than the 100 degrees Murdough’s internal body temperature tested at when he was found, as the room had been closed off for hours before then.

Meanwhile, early autopsy reports suggest the cause of death was indeed heat stroke and/or extreme dehydration.

While Murdough may have trespassed, a misdemeanor charge, who is going to be held responsible for his DEATH? Because, you know, killing someone seems like a much more serious crime than unauthorized sleeping in a stairwell.

Then again, we now live in an upside down backwards police state where mentally ill poor people get tossed in the clink and left to die for petty crimes and elderly women get held without bond for feeding birds — but if you are filthy rich and come from an elite family crawling with pricey lawyers, you can apparently get away with admitting to raping your toddler-aged children without spending one single moment behind bars.

…welcome to the modern American criminal justice system.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared, and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!

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Anonymous said...

I Too, Am a Veteran.

Anonymous said...

Every abuse and misuse of official power is allowed and permitted. If Americans do not wish it to occur, we must raise our voices, and the "public servants" responsible must be fired, removed and held accountable. Each time another atrocity goes without justice, another atrocity is right behind. The prosecutors, grand juries and judges of America must start to act. If a judge would dismiss any defendant who was the victim of official abuse and police misconduct, including the misconduct of those who are employed at prisons and detention facilities, those public servants would get the message! Make people accountable!

Anonymous said...

This stupid country IS a prison. Indeed, Alex Jones had the right idea when he named his site...

Anonymous said...

It's times like this that I really do hope there is a judgment day! Because people like this need to suffer for what they have done! The sad thing is no matter how many of us "decent" folk try and make this world a better place power and money and greed are the self acclaimed rulers of this world! In saying that I don't think we should give up because I won't ever give up or give in. I truly believe in karma and they will get what they deserve!

Mama & Papa Davis said...

I feel this is all the fault of gov. They need to make it mandatory for doctors, teachers, clinics, hospitals, family members, etc to report to a national data base same as they have to do for battered or bruised children. O have a brother suffered brain damage from cycle accident. If u asked him he would say he was fine and nothing wrong. This system would also alert DMV and gun law background checks more accurate. I fear daily he will flip out (bipolar a fault of accident) and hurt someone or go apply for a license and then get another gun. If there were a data base this man would have automatically been sent for evil and care. Needs to reach everyone like lost n missing kids, warrants, child abuse predators... etc BUT then again illegals die daily in the desert crossing and they leave gallons of water along the trail for them .. yes the gov. Knows the trails but nothing is done to stop them..

Anonymous said...

The problem is officials put on a show with the illusion that it is being handled properly and of course wont happen again and everyone just sticks their thumb up their ass and skips along their merry way.

Anonymous said...

I guarantee..when a new president takes office there's gonna be a whole lotta ass kicken in these peverted law enforcement officers..union prison guards.and civil union bosses and union medical employees....ohhh yeah..your day is fast your licks in now....because everyone that has shown their heads are gonna gettem rolled.....why do think no one has attempted to do anything right now..because there is a staff of very secret people keeping track...hahaha...let the good times roll....because you violent fools who have committed these asshole violent crimes in our country...your next..only the legality of the system is going to be your punishment ..and it ain't gonna be pretty....;-)

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