You are here
Home > Posts tagged "jail"

You won’t see Michael Marshall in his jail death video because his body is obscured by five deputies killing him

    DENVER, COLORADO- Never mind the video showing the in-custody killing of trespass suspect Michael Marshall, says Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, "Most of Mr. Marshall’s body is not visible in the majority of the video footage after he is taken to the floor because the deputies bodies’ block the view of the camera." That's right, it took five sheriff deputies to keep the 112 lb. Marshall floored. "He was surprisingly strong" said one of the deputies, which is the same compliment deputies paid to Marvin Booker, another 135 lb. 50 year-old African American man whose schizophrenic episode was treated with a lethal dose of dispassionate elbow grease. The Denver DA announced today he had no plans to prosecute the dentention center deputies for Marshall's sudden involuntary release from confinement. The DA ignored terrifying details from the earlier coroner's report but adds previously unknown facts which will be revealed when the video is made public later this week. He reports that "OPN devices (nunchucks) were used on Mr. Marshall's ankles" and "a leg chain was placed on his lower legs." Michael Marshall "struggled on the floor for over 2 minutes before he went limp." and it took deputies 13 minutes and 20 seconds before Marshall was placed into a restraint chair where nurses discovered he wasn't breathing. Ignored completely are the damning details listed by the medical examiner: the blood in Marshall's lungs and pulverized muscle tissue consistent with beating. Instead Morrissey concentrates on aspiration as cause of death. Did it cause Marshall's death or did others factors contribute? By other factors he's not talking about the 900lbs of deputees. As with Marvin Booker, police experts blame not the excessive use of force but the victim's exertions against the force, struggling to breathe under a pile of officers very specifically. I'm reminded of the adage, it's not the fall that kills you, it's the sudden deceleration at the end. Michael Marshall couldn't breathe, he kept trying alegedly, and the officers weren't going to loosen their hold until he was comatose. The city attorneys office plans to release the jail surveillance video tomorrow. You won't see Michael Marshall but you'll see the deputies who wrestled the slight-built Marshall to his death. The DA report lists their names: sheriffs deputies Bret Garegnani, Carlos Hernandez, Smajo Civic, Thanarat Phuvapaisalkij, and Sarah Bautista. Marshall's death hasteners join Marvin Booker's killers, deputies James Grimes, Kyle Sharp, Kenneth Robinette, and Sgt. Carrie Rodriguez, all still on the jailhouse team. Except Deputy Faun Gomez, who was disciplined for another excessive force infraction and now serves with the highway patrol.

The atrocity of Michael Marshall’s autopsy is what they already knew

DENVER, COLORADO- Fifty-year-old schitzophrenic Michael Marshall died in the Denver jail in the same fashion as Marvin Booker five years ago. The city was made to pay out six million dollars for Marvin's wrongful death but refused to discipline the deputies involved. Michael's relatives await the release of security camera video to confirm not only another six officer pile-on, but it might have been the same personel. Actually the sheriff has admitted to the family that six deputies were on the scene, but that one of them sat it out. The sheriff would not confirm or deny the math of how many deputies were sitting on Michael Marshall when they induced his cardiac arrest. The autopsy reveals Michael asperated on his own vomit due to a spitguard placed over his mouth. The autopsy itemizes the effects of a brutal beating which left over a cup of blood in Michael's lungs. But to me the most damning details were in the hospital's initial diagnosis, kept from the public for reasons of medical privacy. When Michael's body left the jail and for a week after, the news could only report that he was on life support. Unlike with Marvin Booker, the Denver Sheriff deputies hadn't killed Michael Marshall. His family and the community awaited his recovery. But Michael would never recover. "Life support" describes his status as innacurately as "comfort care" describes the act of unplugging him. To translate: Michael Marshall arrived at the hospital effectively brain dead, not breathing, his body already acidifying, and his muscle tissues tenderized, ie breaking down. These are points of no return which should be recognizable to reporters on the crime beat, and likely to detectives and law enforcement managers who've seen this kind of thing regularly. The Denver public would know that it sees this regularly except that it's lied to about what Denver police and sheriff deputies are doing regularly. Though the coroner begins the paragraph noting Michael's history of polysubstance abuse, without implying it had import, he closes the review with the detail that a pee test showed Michael was clean.

Denver Detention Center a user’s guide

The Denver Detention Center came under scrutiny after the county had to pay out over $6 million to the family of street preacher Marvin Booker who was killed by sheriff's deputies while in custody. Reforms may or may not have been implemented; the deputies were neither charged nor dismissed; and the facilities remain defiant about disrespecting your rights. I had the opportunity to visit the DDC recently and I can report the experience was miserable. While the public often thinks that inmates deserve the worse the better, a county jail houses suspects not convicts, protected by the 14th Amendment from punishment before a fair trial. As a detainee not an offender, you are not supposed to suffer handcuffs tightened like tourniquets, left fastened for hours as you wait in isolation cells. Those innocent until proven guilty should not be made to endure sleep deprivation in the booking area as you wait between EIGHT OR TWELVE hours for your fingerprints to "clear", waiting supposedly for Interpol in another time zone to pop a new roll of thermal paper into their fax machine. Although a bond may be listed next to your charges on your public file viewable through the Sheriff's online inmate search, your do not become bondable until your fingerprints clear. If you become bondable, but someone hasn't reached the bonding desk one hour before your scheduled court appearance, you must wait not just until court, but until after the entire docket has cleared and the paperwork is put into the system. Once your bond is posted, the release procedure can last up to eight hours. If the magistrate checked a box on your documents requiring "pretrial services" your release will be delayed until the next morning. County workers explain that these delays are not unlawful detention but are due to regular computer inefficiencies. I haven't even started on the jail experience.

Ladon Sheats Peace Activist

It was 1979, I was sitting in the Denver County Jail waiting for my second escape trial to begin. The cell block door opened and in walked six men. I looked them over as all prisoner do when any new prisoners are given free room and board at the local crossbar hotel.   There was something very different about these men, I saw it the moment I set eyes on them. They seemed so relaxed and peaceful in their posture unlike most men when thrown into jail, there was no "rat in a trap" manor about them, there was a peace and calm hanging around them like a halo. As I watched them from the second tier, I made a mental note that I would talk with them to learn the Why, What and Wherefore. It was not long before I learned their dastardly crime. The TV set up on the wall was tuned to the news channel, and their they were, all over the main stream media. Their crime was: These six men and one woman had cut a hole in the barbwire fence that enclosed " Rocky Flats" the site where the triggers were manufactured for nuclear bombs. They then entered the property, knelt down on their prayer rugs and began to pray. They were praying for an end to war. I have never been big on prayer because it seems never to fill the empty bellies of the homeless and seemed to be only so many words in the wind. The only exceptions I've ever seen in prayers, was when the preacher was praying for our coins to fill his pockets. As I sat there watching these six peaceful men, my mind was exploding with thoughts. I had seen many men come to jail over the years, Robbers, Rapist, Murderers, Drug Pushers, and all sorts of petty criminals, but this was a new first for me. I had never seen men come to jail for their convictions. It was to be a lesson I would never forget, it was not long before I knew, they had something I wanted. I was that rat in the trap and I wanted the freedom they felt as they were locked in a jail. I would spend the next month talking with them in my efforts to discover how they could remain so calm in the calamity they faced. One of the first thing I realized was how unselfish their act was. I had four young children at home, their act was so that my children as all children should be allowed to live and grow in a peaceful world. This was a very deeply held conviction held by all of them. In that month, one man, Ladon Sheats and I would become close friends. This was the secret he taught me. For every human being born to this world there is a tragedy waiting at some point in their future, the size, shape and color of that tragedy is of little importance, but what is important, is how

US torture industry defends its murder of Marvin Booker at Denver federal courthouse

DENVER, COLO- Well, you've almost missed the most compelling courtroom drama this side of television. Although even on TV you don't see a judge having to repeatedly admonish the audience to refrain from reacting with audible incredulity at the clueless ambivalence, awkward dissembling, and brazen lies being told on the stand by sheriff deputies and their witnesses concerning the death of Marvin Booker, 56, in their custody on July 9, 2010. National law enforcement experts have been flown in to defend the Denver Sheriff's Department policies. It's been quite a laugh and the jury seems wise to the scheme. Closing arguments begin Friday. If you've followed the Denver Post coverage you can skip the next paragraph, but those who've been packing the federal courtroom these past three weeks can assure you, you haven't been treated to the half of it. Four years ago Marvin Booker, an itinerant African American street preacher who weighed 135 pounds, died under a pileup of Denver Sheriff deputies simultaneously restraining him, kneeling on his prone body, twisting his wrists, contorting his ankles with nunchucks, choking him by the neck, and Tasing him. All of these methods are permitted means of "pain compliance". Denver County Jail deputies assert they were trying to stop Booker from struggling. Asked one juror: "Could you keep still if you thought you were being killed?" They held Marvin Booker in a carotid choke hold for two and a half minutes, and tased him for up 27 seconds. Perhaps you've heard about the anomalies. The deputies met afterward to get their stories straight. Surveillance footage is missing, video of inmate witness testimony is missing, the taser is missing! Now everyone's memory has gone missing too, they even try the excuse in the present. "No I don't recall seeing myself do that in the video just now." But most of what may be damning video is gone. The deputies were said to be high-fiving themselves afterward in an area where the camera footage is missing. The significance of the missing taser means follow-up investigations can conclude its use is unproved. Another taser with a timestamp indicating it was deployed at an event forty minutes later, was fired for eight seconds. The video and inmate witnesses suggest Booker was tased for 27 seconds, but because the first taser surrendered to investigators hadn't been fired at all, authorities are allowing for the implausible: that Booker wasn't tased at all. [work in progress]

Boy George, the Switch

Oh those bondage games gone bad! Boy George sentenced to 15 months in jail So why don't The Judge respect people into bondage when they play their tie up games? Now the police are going to play theirs and Boy George is their new Switch. I hope they don't kill him!

Top