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Ramsey County's Contempt For Justice: Tell Them To Stop The Torture
Here's the news from the streets of St. Paul and the cells of the Ramsey County Jail
To put it bluntly, uniformed "law" enforcement in St. Paul and Ramsey County:
The Ramsey County Jail officials did this in plain earshot of other detainees: that's a pretty strong sign they don't see anything to hide. Which—when one's been doing the same thing over and over for years—is a common assumption.
After I wrote articles about that use of chemical weapons for torture of restrained detainees (the forest defenders were locked to one another, to huge machines, or to one another around a large stump), I was deluged by requests from attorneys in the forested counties along the coast of northern California and central/southern Oregon. They all described clients who -- while already restrained -- were repeatedly sprayed with chemical weapons ("mace" or "pepper spray" or "tear gas"). Over and over, the attorneys reported the victims were tortured in this manner to punish speech: their clients had said something the "law" enforcement officers didn't like.
Apparently a great many people who go to work in uniform with guns on their belts have such sensitive dispositions that when they hear speech they find disagreeable, they need to skip the charges, trial, jury, and judge: so they can torture the speaker with fists, electroshock weapons, and chemical weapons.
The first attorney to call me represented a client with permanent brain damage. He'd suffered lack of oxygen to the brain due to respiratory arrest. He suffered the respiratory arrest when the notoriously brutal Josephine County Sheriffs bravely strapped him into a "restraint" chair and repeatedly attacked him with chemical weapons.
Just as Ramsey County Jail "law" enforcement officials did to Elliot Hughes last night.
I couldn't help the attorneys: they needed forensic pulmonologists and neurologists, not a psychiatrist.
Together, we can help the people currently locked up with the torturers who run the Ramsey County Jail -- and help those still out on the street with the "law" enforcement officials who punish non-violent speech and public assembly with "snatch squads", brutal beatings, chemical weapons, explosive devices, and the electroshock torture device marketed as "Taser".
Last time I checked.... beatings, kidnappings, use of chemical weapons, use explosive devices against civilians, and electric torture were the crimes Saddam's regime committed. What could be more patriotic than confronting terrorists right here in the Homeland?
So, pups: it's up to us to act in solidarity and provide mutual support for the victims of terror and violence in St Paul and the Ramsey County Jail. When I spoke this afternoon with the Coldsnap Legal Collective, they told me Elliot Hughes had finally been released, but the torture in the jails and the violence against citizens on the street continued.
And they asked for help -- our help.
Here's what they ask folks to do:
When you call the jail number above please be polite and courteous. The person answering the phone doesn't run the place, can't stop the torture, didn't arrest the detainees, and can't order their release. That jail number is the only portal we have to make sympathetic requests to honor the humanit of the detainees, and we can only do that by respecting the humanity of the person who picks up the phone.
We need to save the rest for the person in command of the jail.
Capt. Ryan O'Neill is the Head of Ramsey County Jail (where the torture is happening): his number is 651-266-9350, ext 1.
What can we tell Captain Ryan O'Neill, County Attorney Gaertner, Mayor Coleman, Sheriff Fletcher, and Judge Gearin?
We can tell them to restore the rule of law in their own damn jail and end the official campaign of violence against speech and non-violent assembly on the streets.
We can tell to place the Constitution ahead of orders from the Bushie Secret Service.
And we can remind them that "just following orders" didn't work in Nuremberg: it won't work in Minneapolis.