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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

DOJ - Investigate Death of Timothy Redman

Here's the latest on Timothy Redman from Nevada's Ely state prison, as taken from the Nevada Prison Watch website (which is receiving updates from Make the Walls Transparent, linked below). Google someone else if you want mainstream news on this:

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2009/11/22

Update on Timothy Redman's violent death


Tim, early 2009 (courtesy of Tim's family)

Hereby more updates on Make the Walls Transparent, dated November 23rd 2009.

MTWT has received mail from inmates at ESP and their family members regarding the 11-18-09 death of Timothy Redman on unit 3-B.

One inmate tells us, “Investigator General Thompson was on the unit to “investigate” but he never once asked any inmate what they had seen in the hours and minutes leading to Mr. Redman’s death,” even though, clearly those inmates are the eye-witnesses, not E.K. McDaniel and Debra Brooks, who both came on the unit after the death and stood around laughing about it.

One inmate’s sister received a letter from her brother that said: “The cops let this guy hang himself and watched him do it and did nothing to help him but to keep gassing him after he was hanging.” Brooks was here at his door laughing at it and so was E.K. McDaniel. The cops even came from Ely. It was a big deal and no one wants to let anyone get to a phone to report what happened here yesterday”.

On The Ely Times, someone who calls himself Winsan, and who obviously works for the prison stated that officers “…tried to save this inmate’s life…by using any means available to subdue and incapacitate the inmate when trying to save his life and protect others.” No one disputes that Redman was locked in his cell. Who were the officers trying to protect? Certainly not Redman. And certainly not the other inmates all locked in their cells and breathing in the poison being sprayed.

Winsan’s claim that the guards used any means available to try to save Redman’s life rings hollow. All the reports from inmates tell a different story. In reality, officers were able to reach the inmate, but chose not to – or more realistically – were ordered not to, according to one officer who alleges that E.K. McDaniel ordered them not to enter the cell.

What possible reason can there be to use 5,6 or 7 hairspray-sized cans of chemical agent on a man locked in a tiny cell with no ventilation? How did Mr. Redman even have the strength to hang himself after being poisoned for hours on end? And an even more pressing question: Whose safety were these officers trying to protect by spraying chemical agent for hours on end?

This incident is hard to stomach, even for some of the the guards hardened by working at possibly the most abusive prison in the country. It is understandable that they want to believe this incident did not take place. It is understandable that citizens want to believe this also, especially considering that as citizens, we are taught to hold a special level of trust for law enforcement. It is unfortunate, but the sooner we face reality and get a federal investigation regarding this incident and many other incidents of great cruelty and abuse, even death, at Ely State Prison, the sooner we will be able to trust our public servants. Meanwhile, the lies and cover-ups at ESP continue unabated.

2 comments:

  1. A little history for the bleeding heart liberals.

    Redman was under a sentence of imprisonment when he murdered Max Biederman; had been previously convicted of assault and had mutilated the victim.

    Biederman died from a massive injury to his head with a wrought iron railing and suffered three gunshot wounds to his face. After he was dead, Redman chopped Biederman’s hands off and attempted to rip out his teeth to prevent Biederman’s identification.

    Redman was on parole at the time he killed Biederman for offenses committed in West Virginia, including breaking and entering, felonious jail breaking and assault.

    Redman had a history of violence in prison including attacks on guards, other prisoners, non-compliance, threats and so forth.

    So good ridden that another murderer will never have the chance to hurt anyone ever again.

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  2. There are more murderers on the loose than you will want to know, anonymous. Ones in uniform too. You and I pay them to murder others. So what about those who attacked him? You accuse him of attacking them. Do you believe in prisons keeping the inmates safe (or 'safe') or do you want to have people who are found guilty by the court of murder executed at the spot? Of course not by you, you would not murder anyone, not even a murderer. Do you think prison solved the bad behavior of the prisoner, and "corrected" him?

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